The President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu buhari, has commended the President and people of Niger Republic for being good neighbours to Nigeria.
Speaking in Abuja shortly after hosting the President of Niger, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, to a meeting held behind closed doors.
Buhari said that the continued existence of Nigeria as a united nation is for the good of other African countries.
He said that citizens of Nigeria, Niger and some other countries would have been one people, were it not for the scramble and partition of Africa by the Europeans.
President Mahahadou Issoufou had earlier met with President Jonathan in the Presidential Villa, where he commended President Jonathan’s statesmanship saying President Jonathan has always conducted himself in a very humble manner, adding that the ECOWAS leaders will forever remember him for that.
Former military Head of State and presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr Muhammadu Buhari has given a tacit endorsement to the proposed amnesty for the members of fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.
The retired General made his stance known during a chat with journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, where he stated that Nigerians should embrace all efforts that could bring about peace, for socio economic development of the country.
The Federal Government recently set up a presidential committee to consider granting amnesty to members of the violent group that has been staging insurgent attacks against the government in the northern part of the country.
“What ever will bring peace to our country, we should do it” he stated.
General Buhari has now joined a number of northern leaders who have called on the President to extend amnesty to the fundamentalist sect members.
The Sultan of Sokoto; Alhaji Mohammad Saad Abubakar, recently led the call for amnesty for Boko Haram membersas part of the measures to halt the insurgency by the group.
About 3,000 lives are estimated to have been claimed in the insurgency which involves suicide bombings on churches, motor parks, markets, public gathering, police station and government’s installations.