Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2013

AMNESTY: NIGERIAN ARE IGNORANT OR STUPID BY CHOICE

The northern part of Nigeria is noted for frequent violence, mostly targeted against none indigene in the land, before now, things happen as uncoordinated, and emotion run wild of some angry folks, but in recent time, an organised Boko Haram emerged with an unprecedented venom, leaching terror, shedding blood, and leaving sorrow in their trails, all attempt to stop this gang prove abortive, hence the Sultan of Sokoto demanded for an amnesty for the group as a pre-requisite for peace, this was match with boiling rage of several Nigerian, hey I crave your indulgence to stop for a minute, take a break from the building tension, and assault at the Sultan of Sokoto just to check the true meaning of amnesty.

Amnesty simply means, a pardon granted for any offence against any government. That one is left to wonder whether the cabal of highly educated people assaulting the Sultan are ignorant or just choose to be stupid to fuel religio-tribal sentiment in Nigeria-while innocent bloods are shed every day- the way Nigerian had chose to abuse other words in the past, such as; deregulations, resource control, federalism, annulment, impeachment, state of emergency, national conference, equality, vacant position or acting president, among others. The elites are to blame for any further horror that happen here after, and I bet if anybody want to have the guilt on their conscience, hence urgent step like amnesty, or any workable alternative that you can proffer instead of assassinating the character of the Sultan must be taken

It is a pity that this argument has to drag on, when every Nigerian knows the government guaranty nothing, as if we don’t pay vigilante group to make up for security in our streets, as if three quarter of our youth are unemployed, while a quarter of the employed are under employed, as if we don’t pay for extramural lesson for the kids for the lapse in our school system, as if we all don’t have generators in our homes after paying PHCN bill, all this to supplement for the ineffective government of our country.

In a normal society, if the Sultan words were not understood, we should have at least asked what he meant, to clarify my point, amnesty to many Nigerian means monetary rewards, as it was in the case of the Niger Delta group, and nobody want the Boko Haram paid, I honestly will give anything that this does not happen.

But if one lives in the Northern Nigeria, and is privy to the wanton lost of lives and properties, and privy to the kind of cabal involved with the Boko Haram, and privy to the federal government inability to handle cabal of any kind, be it in oil sector, assassins, or looting of treasury, and in the final analysis, if one is privy to the futile and wasted resources lavish on the fight against Boko haram, one can only call for an amnesty, not the kind where the Boko haram will be paid, rather a type where the group will be pardon for laying down of arms, where they will be assured that they will not face charge of treason, at least for the sake of peace in Nigeria.

By:  Ojo Oladimeji <ojayesu@gmail.com>

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  1. amoo says:

    May God bless you for this wrire up. I only hope many people will understand you and put sentiments aside so as to find a lasting solution to the problem at hand.

  2. Guest says:

    This is a feeble attempt at gaining attention by the writer of this article..Maybe you didn’t listen to what the Elders of Borno demande..”Amnesty similar to what was given to Niger-delta militants”..Please do proper research before write-ups..Some of us are actually offended.

  3. theophilus dan A. says:

    Dis is baseless and nonsense,,bcos u were nt affected by dis menace dat is y u r opening dat ur wild mouth to voice out dis baseless,incomprehensive writeup..hey dimeji am pissed up wit u…

  4. Gbenga Aladesanmi says:

    This writer can do better by giving us something worth reading next time.

  5. Isa says:

    Even if govt grant dem pardon,do u tink dat those individual affected by d bokoharam bombings will 4give dem? So guy stop dis ur lowly rated carriage cos we knw wat amnesty means,and it cant be granted to dem until they show a high level of remorse

  6. olufemi says:

    Those asking for the head of mr Dimeji may not be totally wrong for doing so. Why will we pay people who have killed and destroyed on account that’s not justifiable and as such tarnish the image of this nation the more? Similarly,the sultan and Mr Dimeji meant well. If granting amnesty is what the sultan sees as the solution to the menace-why not forgive them their sins and get them and their sponsors not go into such acts again is welcome. But,giving them same treatment as the Niger delta is uncalled for.
    We understand what Niger Deltans are fighting for-resource control and compensation for environmental degradation. My question is what are boko haram killing for?
    No doubt the government of GEJ failed and is still failing Nigerians,should killing and bombings be the solution?if every region and groups are killing and bombing,what then will remain of Nigeria? I rather advise boko haram,their sponsors,the sultan,FG,to all sit together,trash out this menace for real. Thanks.
    Mr oladimeji,thumbs up

  7. Seyi Oluwaseyin says:

    If amnesty is given to those who have murdered innocent people, what do we offer the dependants of those killed? If there is no penalty for murder and murderers how do we deter others from doing similar thing in future. If the terrorists and their backers can restore the lives of the people they have killed, then they are entitled to amnesty.

  8. blessed says:

    Very soon d boko haram will come out to say dey don’t want amnesty, just like in d case of negotiation dat dey did nt call for negotiation. If d govt can’t search out d ghost, dey shd give dem wat dey want; nd dat is presidency. Y much ado abt BH when we knw who d r. Since d. Inception of BH, no or less religious crises, let’s be sincer wit ourselves.

  9. Peter says:

    I think the writer needs medical attention.

  10. MULII MUBA says:

    I THINK WHAT IS WRONG WITH US IN NIGERIA IS MISCONCEPTION.LET CALL A SPADE A SPADE,BOKO HARAM IS A POLITICAL TUSSLE WRAPPED UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF RELIGION.THOSE CONCERN KNOWS THE TRUTH BUT FEEDING US WITH THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY BCOS AVERAGE NIGERIAN ARE NOT READY TO STAND UP AND FIGHT THE FIGHT TO FINISH.

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