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NANS BACKS FG ON AMNESTY

By Samuel Sina

The Federal Government has secured the support of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on the issue of granting amnesty to the faceless Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The Presidency last week constituted a committee to fine-tune strategies at ensuring that the Boko Haram menace is curbed to guarantee a peaceful environment and certify the security of lives and properties of Nigerian in general and the Northerners-- most of the violent attacks by the group are carried out in the North.

The Secretary General of NANS, Com. Godson Momodu told newsmen that plans by the Federal Government is going to be a very welcome development if that is what would end the unease, anxiety and security challenges in the country.

He noted that “the decision by of the Federal Government will only be a good idea if the assurance is high that the security challenges in

this country will be painstakingly and effectively addressed by giving amnesty to Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has caused a lot of pains to many families and brought hardship to the country. Retaliatory, they deserve no amnesty but if we are certain that giving them amnesty will unscramble our dear nation and bring back peace and tranquillity to Nigeria, then it will be a good initiative” Com. Godson said.

While NANS is not in total support of amnestying villains because of the possibilities of encouraging the formation of other violent groups, we call on the Federal Government to put in place measures that will check the conceivable formation of another aggressive group that may rise after the pardon” Com. Godson added.

The Secretary General of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Com Godson Momodu has, however, called on the leaders of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram to accept the pardon by the Federal Government in order to restore peace to the country and ensure a peaceful co-existence that will transform this nation positively.

He enjoined the sect to see reasons why this nation needs peace.