The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up a committee to look into the possibility or otherwise of granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram.
This is contained in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by the director of MURIC, Is-haq Akintola, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The statement said that the step taken by the president was in the right direction, and would reposition the country for peaceful co-existence.
“We support amnesty because it stands for peace. Amnesty gives life, hope and recovery. On the contrary, continued hostility and pursuit of insurgents are characterised by death and general insecurity.
“Terrorists have one mindset, namely, to put asunder what government has put together, to destroy what government has built. Terrorists seek to cause as much havoc as possible in order to attract attention to their cause.
“President Jonathan needs all hands on deck to build a united Nigeria and a virile economy. Progress of any kind cannot be attained in a state of insecurity”, it said.
The statement reminded the Federal Government of the need to take a firm grip of the Boko Haram phenomenon and to make good use of the president’s latest initiative