President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to offer amnesty to Boko Haram members who lay down their arms.
Buhari said this in Abuja on Friday, March 23, 2018, while receiving the Dapchi girlswho were recently release by the terror group.
According to Punch, the President also said that the release of the students is a proof of his administration’s commitment to protect Nigerians.
He said “We are ready to rehabilitate and integrate such repentant members into the larger society.
“This country has suffered enough of hostility. Government is, therefore, appealing to all to embrace peace for the overall development of our people and the country.”
“You will recall that on 14th of this month, I paid a visit to Yobe State, during which I sympathised with the parents, families, government and people of the state for the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi.
“I made a solemn pledge on my word of honour that this administration would do everything possible to ensure the unconditional release of the girls.
“I further tasked all the appropriate security agencies to safely bring back the girls. We also reached out to our contacts at home and abroad. We embarked on backchannel shuttles with a clear view to bring to an end this tragedy.
“We entered into negotiations solely to make sure that no single girl was hurt. This strategy paid off, as the girls have been released without any incidents.
“Let me reemphasise our administration’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and insurgency, and also call on all Nigerians to join in this task,” he added.
Buhari talks tough
President Buhari also threatened to deal with anyonepoliticising security issues.
The President also said that the security agencies will deal decisively with anyone found using the misfortune of Nigerians for political gain.
He also issued a warning to security chiefs saying that they will be dealt with if any case of abduction occurs again.
Presidency talks on Leah
The Presidency, in a statement, said that President Buhari’s administration will not relent in efforts to free Leah Sharibu,the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in Boko Haram’s captivity.
Sharibu was not released because she refused to convert to Islam, reports say.