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AMNESTY FOR BOKO HARAM: NANS SUPPORTS FG

By Association of Campus Journalists

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 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.

Pertaining to the resurfacing of prohibited checkpoints in the country, NANS has drawn the attention of the Inspector General of Police to this issue and urge the Police Chief to ensure that this unlawfulness is curbed to avert possible break of law and order.

The students acknowledged the fact that the checkpoints are needed to promote the protection of lives and properties from highway hoodlums but disregard the needless stationing of police officers on the highway after the Inspector General of Police had banned all checkpoints in the country.

According to Com. Momodu, the police on the highway use the opportunity to exploit and demand hard-earned money from drivers.