Amnesty not for trouble-makers – Tinubu

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By Gbenga Ariyibi

Ado-Ekiti— FORMER Governor of Lagos State and leader of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, weekend, cautioned the Federal Government against offering blanket amnesty to members of Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

He also declared President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration a failure.

Tinubu, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti during a condolence visit to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State over the death of his Deputy, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, said amnesty should only be offered to groups that were fighting for justice.

He said: “Amnesty must bring about justice and should be selective. It must not be a blanket approach. Those venting anger on Nigeria because there is no justice in the system should be offered amnesty.

“But those causing trouble under another guise, should be prosecuted and sent to jail. No one religion can eliminate the other in Nigeria. Nigeria is a secular state.

“The Constitution recognises us as people and not as Muslims or Christians. So we should be able to apply a holistic approach to settle our problems.”

Tinubu said: “It is disheartening for Nigeria to be clueless after its 100th year of existence and 53rd year of independence. This has shown that the present government has nothing to offer Nigerians.

“President Jonathan and Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, have failed in terms of security.

“Security is the engine room of industrial development. No country would partner with you when you are not secured.”

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