Council For Islamic Affairs Urge Boko Haram To Embrace Amnesty

Channels Television  
Updated May 9, 2013

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, his Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to members of Boko Haram sect to end their killings and accept the amnesty initiative planned the President.

NSCIA made the appeal in a communique issued by council, at the end of a meeting in Kaduna on Thursday.

The Islamic fundamentalist had in a statement rejected the planned amnesty offer by the President saying that they’ve “not committed any wrong to deserve amnesty.”

The council condemned the massacres in Baga and Bama, which it described as heinous crimes against humanity, and called on the federal government to immediately, set up a judicial commission of inquiry to ensure that justice is done.

It also frowned at the continual failure of the state and federal governments to implement the white paper of their commissions/panels of inquiry on various ethno-religious crises and conflicts in the country.

The Supreme Islamic Council in Nigeria also called on the federal government to immediately restore normalcy and ensure enduring peace and security by resettling and protecting Muslims that have been “unjustly displaced in crisis ridden areas.”

According to the NSCIA, the places where unrest has affected Muslims include; Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi state, scores of villages in Wase local government in Plateau state as well as in southern Kaduna where Muslims had been massively massacred sequel to the 2011 general elections.