The Boko Haram sect has rejected the pardon and peace initiative being planned by the Federal Government. In an audio message released to the media on Thursday, the leader of the Islamist sect, Mallam Abubakar Shehu stated that his group has not done any wrong that warrants being pardoned. In his opinion, it should be the other way round, that is, the sect should grant pardon to the Federal Government for the many atrocities he alleged have been committed against Muslims.
Days ago, the Federal Government had constituted a panel to look into the issue of pardoning Boko Haram members who have unleashed terror on people in the northern part of Nigeria.
Shekau who spoke in Hausa language affirmed that the group is out to avenge the killing of Muslims and the “destruction of Islam”.
“The Government is talking about granting amnesty to us. What have we done? On the contrary, it is we that should grant you a pardon”, Shekau said in the audio message.
An indication that the sect might truly not be interested in the proposed amnesty deal emerged on Tuesday when some Borno State Government officials were gunned down. That was followed by an attack that was carried out on a police station in Yobe State on Thursday. Four policemen were killed in the firefight at the police station and their rifles were taken away.