Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans Concerned About Amnesty Plan for Boko Haram

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) has expressed strong feelings about the decision of President Jonathan to extend amnesty to the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement signed by Pastor Laolu Akande, its Executive Director, the group said that by agreeing to the proposal, the federal government “completed its treachery against the wives, children and relatives of the victims of Boko Haram terrorists.

CANAN asked: “Has the same government considered setting up anything to help those victims? Does the federal government even have a count of the victims? What has the Nigerian government done to assuage the sufferings resulting from the killing of thousands of the Nigerian people by Boko Haram?”

It reiterated that most of the victims of Boko Haram terrorism are Christians, whose only offense is their choice of worship.

“Together last month, our association and CAN in Nigeria gave voice to the victims at a press conference in Abuja. We also announced a widow's mite of $50,000 to the victims. What has the Nigerian government done for these victims apart from abandoning them at their hardest moment of need?”

The group said that while it was not completely opposed to a political solution, such a track has to involve the two parties in a conflict. “So far as we and all Nigerians know, the leaders of Boko Haram have rejected the idea of negotiations and the amnesty itself. They have even killed certain leaders who have been perceived to be leading the charge for a political solution.  

“So who will the government be negotiating with? Can a man clap with one hand?”

It also asked of the government a series of questions, including:

•    Why is it that the leaders from the region widely affected by the insurgency, who are now clamoring for amnesty, are not equally concerned about the fate of the victims?
•    Why is the demand for amnesty louder than the demand for the backers and leaders of Boko Haram to openly articulate their views regarding their demands?
•    Are those to be considered for amnesty including the members of the violent sect who are already in detention?
•    What are we to make of the leaders of Boko Haram including Shekau, who have insisted on no negotiations whatsoever?

“This insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorists in some Northern states of Nigeria has since become an international issue and we here in the United States will continue to insist that the US government and the international community pay a very close attention to what is going on, and intervene as appropriate under international law,” CANAN said.

It also reminded the federal government that the International Criminal Court is already considering opening a criminal investigation into Boko Haram killings in Nigeria. “The ICC has already concluded that indeed crimes against humanity have been perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in this matter,” it said.

Full text of the statement:
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN on the issue of Amnesty for Boko Haram terrorists

April 5, 2013, NY--We have watched with bated breadths, the strident clamor by a group of Nigerian political elite to grant terrorists amnesty.

Intense political pressure has been mounted on the Nigerian government resulting into widespread news today that the federal government of Nigeria is now considering granting amnesty to terrorists who have clearly spurned and disdained the idea in the first place.

This is shaping up to a certain manifestation of the theatre of the absurd!

Not that Nigeria is not used to such perfidious propositions, it is the total despising of the murdered, traumatized and maimed victims of the terrorists that make this situation a pervasion.

When the federal government agreed to set up a committee to consider the demand to grant amnesty to terrorists, it completed its treachery against the wives, children and relatives of the victims of Boko Haram terrorists!

Has the same government considered setting up anything to help those victims? Does the federal government even have a count of the victims? What has the Nigerian government done to assuage the sufferings resulting from the killing of thousands of the Nigerian people by Boko Haram?

We have made it clear before now that most of the victims of Boko Haram terrorism are Christians, whose only offense is their choice of worship. Together last month, our association and CAN in Nigeria gave voice to the victims at a press conference in Abuja. We also announced a widow's mite of $50,000 to the victims. What has the Nigerian government done for this victims apart from abandoning them at their hardest moment of need?

And now the government is pandering to the same political interests who have refused to expose the known backers and supporters of Boko Haram. What a travesty!

We are not outrightly against a political solution, side by side with the enforcement of law and order; which is government's primary assignment anywhere.

But political approach has to involve both parties to a conflict. So far as we and all Nigerians know, the leaders of Boko Haram have rejected the idea of negotiations and the amnesty itself. They have even killed certain leaders who have been perceived to be leading the charge for a political solution.

So who will the government be negotiating with? Can a man clap with one hand?

We also ask:

Why is it that the leaders from the region widely affected by the insurgency, who are now clamoring for amnesty, are not equally concerned about the fate of the victims?

Why is the demand for amnesty louder than the demand for the backers and leaders of Boko Haram to openly articulate their views regarding their demands?

Are those to be considered for amnesty including the members of the violent sect who are already in detention?

Have they owned up to their criminal responsibilities?

What is the guarantee that their amnesty would lead them to a change of heart?

What are we to make of the leaders of Boko Haram including Shekau, who have insisted on no negotiations whatsoever?

Has government or the political leaders from the North made contact with Shekau? If they have the nation must be told!

This insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorists in some Northern states of Nigeria has since become an international issue and we here in the United States will continue to insist that the US government and the international community pay a very close attention to what is going on, and intervene as appropriate under international law.

We want to remind the federal government that the International Criminal Court, ICC, is already considering opening a criminal investigation into Boko Haram killings in Nigeria. The ICC has already concluded that indeed crimes against humanity have been perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in this matter.

The world is watching!

Pastor Laolu Akande
Executive Director
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN
NEW YORK.

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d26PM

inside Songza outline anyone say we have been in a renaissance connected with social websites.. by the way implies "rebirth" and to this knowledge social networking is pretty new, therefore causeing this to be some sort of genesis or maybe innovation. Sorry to be the jerk this indicated that away.

The enemies of one naija must be crushed and vanquished

Operation destroy the destroyers and erase the erasers, should be declared on this inhuman sect who have claimed thousands of lives and desertified endowed lands without recourse to true tenents of religion.
If amnesty is granted to this group of religious cankerworms who are fighting a non islam related battles and has done tremendous tragedies to christendom by mercilessly slaughtering innocent souls inside God's own temples without human feelings, what would be the patern of the federal government's apology to the christian bodies and the bereaved families that have been affected by these onslaughts?

BOKO HARAM AMNESTY

We, the indigenous Northern Christains don't really give a damn even if the Federal Government invites boko haram to live in the villa. We have been the victims of these terrorists, be it maitasine, kalakato, boko haram, you just name it, for over 30 years now. Our condition is hopeless in view of our geographical "locked in" location. Even if you split this God forsaken "country" into ten, our situation will not change and may even get worse. We just know one thing though, we all can not be "exterminated", our Lord Will Fight our battles. Our faith is even waxing stronger after all these trials.

Well said Deacon Emma

Well said Sir. God bless you and coninue to grant you the strength to continue the good work.God will vindicate all of you...

Are we in America You Bloody Foolssssssss!

You run Away from the Country to the safe Heaven and still you are Interfering in our country affairs and even trying to stop the Peace negotiation because it not your problem and doesn't effect you daily activities.
please you CAN should Learn from other religious how to stop interfering in Nigeria government and politics or else you should go and register your self as political party.

Does d sultan feel d pain of d victims-

The first step to forgiveness. To get to forgiveness, we first have to work through the painful experiences that requires it.
-- Christiane Northrup
"We must let ourselves feel all the painful destruction we want to forgive rather than swallow it in denial. If we do not face it, we cannot choose to forgive it." unquote

Sultan of sokoto told the world in an interview he granted the The Sun that-a well know mouth piece of the Fulanis In 9ja, via the South East that, the police officers who gunned down Yufuf must never be grated bail-yet the same Sultan is asking for amnesty for boko haram-now we know who the real backers of boko haram and buhari are-in 9ja

Jonathan! Jonathan!! Jonathan!!!

They are the ogas of mysticism.They have arranged a very strong ring and occultic abrakadabra, and have hit it on the center of jonathan head, and Jonthan has got a goat brain.Bokoharam has since been in existence as a deadly pressure group who were/are used to kill in your nigeria regions/africa.They served as assurance to the other regions guards to manipulated elections.They kill without conscience. They killed ige through their mustapha, and Dele giiwa, okadigbo,and others who needed serious mission to fix their death.Now, bokoharam has become political checkmate and a pressure group only for the northerners.Obj knows this and he had gained from their evil works.This will take 300pages of expression.

his weakness their gain

People that have discovered our President's weaknesses are tapping into it. The game is simple: if you want next term, give us BH. Now that is not bad only that many things will be lost.
Compensation to the affected christians, restoration of trust, just reconcilliation, tangibble development in GEJ's 2nd term. To have agreed to amnesty the must have negatiated Northern christians's right to exist and worship away. God have mercy!

INJUSTICE! INJUSTICE! INJUSTICE!!!!!!

We Are One Of The Churches Bombed In Kaduna 17th Of June 2012, At Least 3 Members Were Killed And Scores Wounded For Worshipping Our Savior Christ As Ordained By The Holy Scripture! Till Date Nothing Was Been Done By The State Government Nor The Federal Government To Alleviate Our Pains. We Were Left To Burry Our Dead, We Were Left To Start Rebuilding Our House Of Worship, We Were Left To Treating All The Wounded And Bearing The Hospital Bills, We Were Left To Bearing The Burdens Of The Widows And The Ophans. We Were Not Given A Dime Till Date. It Is Therefore Surprising To Hear That Those Who Came To Bomb Our House Of Worship With The Aim Of Annihilating Us Because Of Our Faith Is To Be Given Amnesty!!!
We Are Watching Closely! God Almighty Is Watching Too. We Shall See! Injustice To One Is Injustice All!

It is good they come out, so

It is good they come out, so Nigerians can see the faceless individuals who kill at will. I hope the government is also ready for the number of "almajeris" and the unemployed youths that will also come out for amnesty. God save my country.

Painful, but burden we Christians ve to bear.

The issue of boko haram has become a nightmare that refuses to go away from our eyes. So sad it is, but we welcomed its sustenancy, by voting in someone we all know is not capable nor trust worthy, but for religious sentiment we declared him our choice. We are now left with no choice but to endure him maybe till 2019. But again, can we really get a better choice from our current societal standard, where national conscience is dead but individual interest? Every tom, dick and harry knows it that alam's pardon and the propose amnesty for boko haram is more of presi. Jonathan success at 2015 poll than security and peaceful coexisting of all sundry. Do we want a good leader? If yes, then we urgently and sincerely be good doers at all times in our capacities.

decision time!

The call for amnesty from the islamic northern elites is a "clever" piece of dissimulation..acting is what they do best. They know very well what they are doing with the use of terror..they have only one central overriding aim: to keep power and Niegeriah one by fair means when possible, but mostly FOUL, they are determined to acheive this whatever happens, whatever the cost in material and human lives...they simply want to continue enjoying the free ride laced with sweet oil money and Oga presido in aso like always must oblige.

FG Now Funding Boko Haram To Intensify Attacks

Amnesty to Boko Haram is nothing but admittance that the Federal Government has failed in the its responsibility to provide security to Nigerian citizens.

By so doing,President Jonathan thinks he can appease the North to allow him in power for another term. He has made a terrible mistake because he only succeeded in providing fund for the sect to carry out more attacks.

More demands are coming and I don't see President Jonathan having the ability to meet up with the demands.

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