The presidency has denied offering amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect.
This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, addressing State House correspondents on Saturday.
Minister of Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, had on Thursday said President Jonathan had given amnesty to members Boko Haram as part of his administration’s youth-friendly programmes and policies.
While giving an overview of youths’ 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 had been lined up for members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.
But Abati said the President did not use any word like amnesty.
He said what Jonathan said was that opportunities had been created for those who wanted to denounce terrorism through the Presidential Fact-Finding Committee and Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolutions of Conflict in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
“Let me refer you to the speech by the President. If you read the speech line-by-line, you will see that it contains the very message that the President wanted to put across.“In that speech, if you look at, I don’t think the President used amnesty, instead he spoke about those who are willing to renounce terrorism and those who are willing to embrace peace.“Opportunities have been created for them through the fact-finding committee and through the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolutions of Conflict in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. So I will refer you to the speech by the President.”