BY PETER OKUTU
ABAKALIKI — THE Youth wing of Ebonyi State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, weekend, condemned the move by the Federal Government to grant amnesty to the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
According to the youth wing, Boko Haram is causing mayhem in the north allegedly because of the emergence of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as President.
Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, PDP youth leader in the state, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, described the sect as faceless and ghost-like in their operation.
He stressed that the objective behind the agitation in the Niger Delta was more reasonable and selfless unlike that of Boko Haram involved in the killing of innocent Igbo and Nigerians, especially in the North.
Ogah, however, argued that if amnesty would ever be granted to the sect by the Federal Government, similar gesture should also be extended to members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, because of the credibility behind their agitation.
He said: “We are not a party to the call that amnesty should be given to Boko Haram. Who are you giving amnesty to? Are you giving it to ghosts?”
“These are the people that are not happy that the Presidency went to the South south geopolitical zone of the country. So, let the stakeholders in the area go and reach out to Boko Haram members because they cannot say that they don’t know the people that are involved in the killing of innocent lives in this country.
“If that is so, why is it that MASSOB and the Igbos are being molested, harassed and detained despite the fact that their activities are open to everybody and they have never harassed anybody.
“Most of them have been killed just because they are agitating for the sovereign state of Biafra; in comparison to the insurgency going on in the North, we are not welcoming amnesty for Boko Haram and if amnesty is to be granted to Boko Haram, let similar gesture be extended to MASSOB people in the country.”
The youth leader also condemned call made by a group under the aegis of Northern Youth Leaders Forum that the national chairman of PDP, Bamanga Tukur, should resign his position because of the present challenges facing the party.
Ogah, who gave the group a 7-day ultimatum to rescind its call, added that it was wrong for anybody or group to abuse the personality of the national chairman of PDP, who had put a machinery in place to ensure the growth and development of the party.