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    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Military Officer Advocates Amnesty For Boko Haram

    A retired military officer, Colonel Tony Nyiam, has welcomed the advice by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, to the federal government to declare an amnesty pogramme for Boko Haram sect members.
    Retired Colonel Nyiam who was speaking as a guest on Channels television flagship programme, Sunrise, said “it is a welcome call, in the sense that the way to deal with counter insurgency or terrorism is usually a stick and carrot approach”.

    He also commended the security agencies for being effective.
    He said counter insurgency cannot be solved through the use of brute force, saying some of the set members have come forward to the Sultan to express readiness to dialogue and drop their arms.
    Nyiam further asked the federal government to heed the voice of the northern leaders whom he said speak the minds of their people.

    “In dealing with any crisis you have to be locally accountable and here is a statement by the Sultan of Sokoto, who in other words is the leader of that region, so it is the aspiration of that leader of that area, this is what we want’’.
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