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Jonathan declares amnesty for Boko Haram members -Minister

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Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, on Thursday disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has announced amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect as parts of his administration's youths-friendly programmes and policies.

Haruna disclosed this while giving an overview of youth's position in the present administration's transformation agenda at a special event tagged 'A day with young leaders of Nigeria' to mark the nation's Democracy Day in Abuja.

The minister said series of integration programmes have been lined up for members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.

He therefore called on them to embrace the government's gesture.

According to the minister, 'President Goodluck Jonathan has also declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.

'Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.

'Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the Federal Government, to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government's gesture and key to amnesty programme.'

Haruna said that in the wake of youth restiveness in the Niger Delta, the government came up with a development programme which provided an opportunity for the youth to express themselves and have a meaningful life.

The minister said although the amnesty programme was a fallout of a bitter national security, its effect on the youth had been profound.

He said that 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme which has seen beneficiaries transforming from militants to wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens.