President Goodluck Jonathan Storms Yobe & Maiduguri Brandishing A SWORD
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has declared that the Federal Government cannot discuss amnesty with Boko Haram now unless its members clearly identify themselves along with their grievances to government.
He said it was not possible to grant amnesty to ghosts. Jonathan made the declaration yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting at the Government House, Damaturu, during his one-day working visit to Yobe State.
PRESIDENT Jonathan was spotted wearing a flowing white native attire, a red cap and a 'SWORD' by his side.
Only God know wetin he wan use the sword do.
On the amnesty for Boko Haram members, Jonathan said: “You cannot declare amnesty for ghosts. Boko Haram is still operating as a ghost. You don’t see the person. I am from the Niger Delta and I know the amnesty that has been declared by the President while I was the vice president.
“But even some of these names you hear like John Dakubo, when I was deputy governor of Bayelsa… I came for a meeting with President Obasanjo and that was the first time I met Asari at the Presidential Villa. I did not see them and I did not even know them. In the Niger Delta, if you call them they will come. And they will tell you their grievances rightly or wrongly. But they will be there to tell you. That is what we want from Boko Haram.
“This is why we are doing this. But the Boko Haram, did you see anybody that is a Boko Haram?”
The President told the stakeholders at the interactive session that amnesty could not be declared for Boko Haram.
He said: “For you to declare amnesty, you must be communicating with people. You cannot declare amnesty for people that are operating under a veil! So we have not even discussed the issue of amnesty. Let them tell us their problems.”
Jonathan added: “If amnesty will solve the problem, that problem has been answered. We can design the amnesty.”
He, however, noted that even the Niger Delta amnesty was poorly managed.
On oil exploration, he said that since seismic survey in the Lake Chad Basin was not the business of government, N12 billion was budgeted for oil exploration in the basin, while in this year’s budget, N16 billion was appropriated and signed.
He added: “I am coming to Borno and Yobe states in June this year along with the group managing director of NNPC and the minister of state for finance to account for what they have done with the N28 billion oil exploration funds in the Lake Chad. It is thereafter that people will see the hitting of oil and gas in the North East sub-region of this country.”