Amnesty Will Make Boko Haram Useful To Nigeria – Presidency

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Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has stated that granting amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members would be a ‘win-win situation’ for Nigeria.

Speaking to State House correspondents on Sunday, he said the amnesty¬†will make them to be “useful to the nation”.

The presidential aide explained that amnesty would help the government channel funds used in the war against insurgency to other areas.

Shehu said: “It is proverbially said all wars end up in the boardroom. You can defeat people technically on the field but at the end, you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues.

“So, if Boko Haram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching their negative ideology, the country should be able to embrace them; welcome all of them so that they continue to live normal lives and be useful to the nation.

“What that means is that we will be saving cost, saving lives that are being lost through bombing, killing of service personnel and we will be saving money that we are using to procure weapons so that such money can go into services and infrastructure and welfare of the citizens of this country. It is a win-win situation.”

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