Shehu Sani Rejects Appointment To Serve In Boko Haram Amnesty Committee - PREMIUM TIMES

By Sani Tukur

 

A human rights activist, Shehu Sani, has declined to serve in the 26-member Presidential Committee empanelled by President Goodluck Jonathan to constructively engage key members of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

 

The committee is also to define comprehensive and workable framework for resolving insecurity in the country.

 

But in a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday night, Mr. Sani suggested he was not consulted before the appointment and announced he won’t serve on the committee. 

 

“My friends called me this afternoon to inform me that they saw my name on the list of the Presidential committee on Amnesty,” Mr. Sani said. “This is to thank our president for giving me such an honour and consideration. However, I humbly and respectably wish to decline to serve as member.

 

“My advice remains: Reach out to the persons I mentioned their names in my interviews in the dailies to discreetly consult with the group to get their input on the  idea. Thanks.”

 

Mr. Sani has repeatedly criticized the federal government over its handling of the Boko Haram insurgency. He had suggested that journalist Ahmad Salkida, who had reported extensively on the insurgency, should be engaged to reach out to the leadership of the violent sect.

 

President Jonathan had on Wednesday constituted the Presidential Committee following months of pressure on him to grant amnesty to members of the group.

 

Apart from engaging members of the Boko Haram sect, the panel is also to define comprehensive and workable framework for resolving insecurity in the country.

 

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, who disclosed this to State House correspondents at a press briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the 26-member amnesty committee would be chaired by the Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, while a representative of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will serve as Secretary.

 

Apart from Mr. Sani, other members are, Ahmed Lemu, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Musa Shehu (rtd.), Abubakar Tureta, Datti Ahmed and Abubakar Sodangi.

 

Also in the committee are Ahmed Makarfi, Mohammed Matawalle, Zakari Ibrahim, Naja’atu Mohammed, Adamu Ladan, Joseph Golwa, A.I. Shehu and R.I Nkemdirim.

 

Other members are, P. I. Leha, Nura Alkali, Salihu Abubakar, Abubakar Sani Lugga,Ibrahim Tahir, Ibrahim Sab, Baba Ahmed Jidda, Bilal Bulama, and Bolaji Akinyemi. 

 

Mr. Abati said the decision to set up the committee was sequel to the consideration of the report of the technical committee set up by the National Security Council on insecurity in the Northern part of the country.

 

He listed the committee’s terms of reference to include, developing a framework for the granting of amnesty and setting up of a framework through which disarmament could take place within a 60-day time frame.

 

Mr. Abati said the committee would also develop a comprehensive victims’ support programme, and mechanisms to address the underlying causes of insurgencies that will help to prevent future occurrences.

 

He said the president also constituted a Federal Government committee on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

 

The constitution of the second committee, according to Mr. Abati, is in keeping with Nigeria’s pledge to work with the UN and other countries to stem “the worrisome proliferation of small arms and light weapons."

 

”The president said the use of such weapons was creating insecurity and instability in Nigeria and other developing nations."

 

The 17-member Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons is chaired by Emmanuel Imohe, while the Director, Department of International Organisation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will serve as Secretary.

 

Other members are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martin Uhomoibhi, T.D. Hart, Ghali Umar, M.G. Wakil and Opelusi Olureti.

 

Others are a representative each from the Ministry of Interior, Office of the National Security Adviser, Office of the Director General, State Security Services and the National Intelligence Agency. 

 

Also on the committee are a representative each of the Federal Ministries of Justice and Defence; Defence Intelligence Agency, the Nigeria Customs Services and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

 

M. Abati said the president would formally inaugurate the committees on Wednesday, April 24, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH SAHARA REPORTERS?

SR, I submitted two comments very early this morning on Datti Ahmed and Shehu Sani. They are yet to be published; whereas those submitted much much later by others have been posted. WHY IS IT SO?
This is the umpteenth time such a thing is happening and it leaves me to conclude that there is a jihadist or boko haramist among the site administrators.
I have to be convinced to the contrary.

WHAT IS WRONG WITH SAHARA REPORTERS?

SR, I submitted two comments very early this morning on Datti Ahmed and Shehu Sani. They are yet to be published; whereas those submitted much much later by others have been posted. WHY IS IT SO?
This is the umpteenth time such a thing is happening and it leaves me to conclude that there is a jihadist or boko haramist among the site administrators.
I have to be convinced to the contrary.

Armnesty Consultation

We pray that the so call sect should welcome the latest development.
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Leave behind lasting Legacies!!!

(Contd)
Mansions are mundane and frivolous, and are for the moment. They are for a time! When people die, that is the end! They forget they ever had any possessions. However, lasting LEGACIES OUTLAST people! They tell your stories even after death. Lasting LEGACIES isn't about giving HANDOUTS EVERY FRIDAY AFTER JUMAT or after every shout of 'RANKADEDE'. That is FRIVOLITY or SHOWOFF. Investing in the economy or a Car manufacturing plant and creating jobs, is a better LEGACY! Henry Ford, an individual, founded Ford Motors.

The NORTH GETS MORE ALLOCATION THAN THE ORIGINAL 4 REGIONS! A 1/4 REGION PRE-1966 NOW GETS MORE THAN HALF OF THE RESOURCES OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY! Forgetting about the INJUSTICE of that, the question is, WHERE HAS ALL THAT MONEY GONE? WHAT WAS IT USED FOR? Used for brewing a BROOD OF IMPOVERISHED ALMAJIRIS and FOISTING POVERTY? Food for thought!

I pray the Committee fails!

While it is always good practice and COURTEOUS to consult and confirm ones AVAILABILITY before publicly announcing appointments, however, is that singular and minor failing GOOD ENOUGH REASON to reject to serve the Country in any capacity?

I am thrilled, and would even be more thrilled if the entire Committee FALLS APART! And if Boko Haram REJECTS any 'amnesty' deal, designed to CART AWAY MONEY FROM DERI's REGION TO THE REGION THAT PRIORITISES SPONSORING PILGRIMAGE TO MECCA OVER CREATING JOBS AND IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE!

The NORTHERN LEADERS should be held accountable for SQUANDERING the RESOURCES OF THE NORTH ON FRIVOLOUS THINGS, while IGNORING the important aspects of GOVERNANCE, which is PROVIDING FOR THE GENERAL GOOD AND WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE! Not by going to MECCA! Or building 50 BEDROOMS MANSION ON A HILLTOP, ADORNED WITH GOLD AND MARBLE!

Throwing away the baby with the bathwater!

I VEHEMENTLY oppose the grant of amnesty to CRIMINALS, MURDERERS, ARSONISTS, ROBBERS, KIDNAPPERS and TERRORISTS! So, ordinarily, I should be elated if the Presidential Committee falls apart!

But on a general note, why should the reason for REFUSING TO JOIN IN FINDING A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM OR CAUSE THAT ONE BELIEVES IN, BE HINGED ON:

1. Because I am YET to be FORMALLY notified?
2. Because SOMEBODY WASN'T APPOINTED?

Must AHMAD SALKIDA be on the Committee? Can't SANI, as a member of the Committee, RECOMMEND THEY ENGAGE HIM TO ASSIST? Are the 2 REASONS ENOUGH to THROW AWAY THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER?

@'SHEHU SANI IS RIGHT' BU MOHAMMAED SANI

Everybody has the right to accept or decline an offer for good reason or bad reason or no reason at all. To that extent, it is Shehu Sani's inalienable right to choose for himself. He has given as his reason the fact that he was not consulted before the appointment was made. This is principle on the face value. Mr Sani further says that he has already told the govt the proper persons to consult who have a leverage on boko haram. His rejection is worrisome coming from a man who has consistently chastised the govt for not doing anything to stem the conflagration in some parts of the north. Since he has the aces and knows who the contact persons are, his presence in the committee would have facilitated the work of that body and steer it towards the direction that Mr Sani envisages as the solution to the intractable problem. The terms of reference of the committee is for a comprehensive solution. Personal principle should have room for national interest. There is more than meets the eye.

@'UNGODLY OMOAHOLO IMOGIRIE' BY PAUL

"-NO RELIGION ON EARTH TEACHES BLASPHEMOUS STATEMENTS AGAINST ANOTHER RELIGION-". This exposes your ignorance of the tenets and teachings of muhammadanism. Only a cursory reading of muhammadan literature will prove your opinion wrong.
"-BOTH JESUS AND MUHAMMAD -ARE SERVANTS OF GOD". This is absolute falsehood. It is like saying that sweet and bitter water flow from the same source because while the former brought peace,love and harmony to mankind, the latter came with chaos, hatred and destruction. It is impossible that both of them had the same origin.

You are cursed alredy so d

You are cursed alredy so d madness in u is manifesting.

Easy, don't abuse my friend

Easy, don't abuse my friend Abubakar tundemash. I do not hate him. All I am asking him is to leave Islam before they convert him into a suicide bomber. He may accept the offer thinking that he is going to inherit virgins in alginat. I do not have anything personal against him or you, my frustration is with our corrupt leaders & their supporters. You & I can live in harmony, but since Jackass Gowon carved out people according to tribes to hurt Igbo people irreversible division has come to stay in Nigeria. Now you talk about indigene vs non-indigene. No Easterner can get a contract in the North because the Northern greedy leaders have poisoned the minds of the people. Both the imams & the politicians there preach hatred. So the only solution is to split Nigeria let people go there way. Don't worry whether the Easterners will survive or not, they always do even in the face of genocide.

Second base o jare,

President Jonathan, biko, i beg, put me inside this amnesty committee now. I hear say na $5,000 you go pay per day per member.

As the Sultan of Sokoto don run commot for committee and Dr. Datti sef run follow am run commot, with Shehu Sani, who come remain now?

Na Professor Bolaji Akinyemi go carry Holy Bible go convince Boko Haram for Yobe State say Islamic State na bad thing?

Una get sense at all for that Aso Villa, abi na only thief una dey thief there?

Even sef, come see me see trouble. President Jonathan no see anyone put, na Brigadier Sabo him come add inside amnesty committee. The same Brigadier Sabo wey talk for January say Boko Haram na correct reaction to all the bad bad things wey northern leaders been dey do, na him come dey inside amnesty committe too?

Na wa 0, Jonathan, yeye dey smell.

@Tundemash - Be Wise

The moment I saw your comment, I knew for certain that you would be negative. This problem is of particular concern to Northerners and Islam. Membership of the committee reflects this fact. That Sani refused to be a member is unfortunate for a person that purports to be interested in solving the problem at hand. The people on the committee have been selected for their wisdom and willingness to serve, as was asked for by the NEF and others.

To relate this to Otile and akpos1 whom you have been having a running feud with on the Internet is childish beyond believe. If you knew a person that has been maimed or killed by the evil sect, you would think twice before making a joke of the situation. Please reflect on your behaviour.

sapele water

I have gone down through the contributions and you seem to be the only one that contributed sensibly.

SHEHU SANI IS RIGHT......

SHEHU SANI HAS CHOSEN THE PATH OF HONOUR IN DECLINING THE MEMBERSHIP APPOINTMENT GIVEN TO HIM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOKO HARAM AMNESTY COMMITTEE. A STRUCTURE THAT STANDS SOLID MUST HAVE HAD A SOLID FOUNDATION......
THE BOKO HARAM CATACLYSM HAS BEEN SUB-DIVIDED IN TO 3:-
1)THE ISLAMIST FUNDAMENTALIST BOKO HARAM
2)THE POLITICAL BOKO HARAM
3)THE ECONOMIC BOKO HARAM.
SHEHU SANI GAVE A CLUE ON HOW TO RESCUE TO THE WORSENING SECURITY ISSUES AND THE RISING FOLLOWER-SHIP OF EXTREMIST ISLAMIST AND THE ECONOMIC IMBALANCE IN THE SOCIETY.
HE VOICED HOW SOME GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE LOOTING THE TREASURY IN THE NAME OF SECURITY VOTE.
HE VOICED HOW SOME POLITICIANS HIJACKED THE SITUATION TO ELIMINATE OPPONENTS.....
KUDOS SHEHU SANI

GOOD MOVE SANI

How I wish we have many of such who walk on fair and just principles. Sani's proposal was nor commercial or political but one that could yield results. This committee is the usual corrupt ways of siphoning Nigerian funds for selfish purposes. Time will tell and the judgment of God will be upon their heads for all the blood they are shedding to remain in power.

Sorry- how can you tell that

Sorry- how can you tell that Omoaholo is a Christian? There was nothing in his writeup to suggest his religion. Its so very unfortunate you assume his religion is Christianity because he hurled insults @ your prophet. In case you don't know, we have more than 2 religions in Nigeria...

Shehu Sani Rejection of Amnesty Committee

Those abusing Shehu Sani for rejecting the committee should know that it was the same Shehu Sani who out partrotism for the nation reached out to OBJ and organised his visit to Maiduguri when many cannot dream of travelling to that area. He may have know more than what ordinatu writers on the medium do. He and OBJ told the government how to proceed and they rejected it. How would accept to be rubished with something he had already told the whole world would not work?

Omoaholon, the bastard

@Omoaloron, for your information Boko Haram never asked for amnesty. Read their latest released. But you have exposed your bastard status to the public and those that your identity. Ignorance like you who always live on insulting others are the major cause of our plight today in this country. Just tell me the difference between you & Boko Haram? But if think you are not a bastard, then ask your mother.

Sani

I agree with Sani in his opinion, You must have to consult some one before appointing him in any position or committee.
Now, Even if Sani is a member of the Boko haram, He has informed the president on the right person to reach the group without wasting tax payers money on setting up large committee members and why can"t the president listen to the guy and try his own options?
I have expected the national security adviser to reason with Sani and liaze with him to reach the boko harams unless the Government want to enrich some people in the form of forming a committee.

arrogant FOOLS

I am sure the Presidency will be perturbed by the refusal of this individual"s invitation TO COME AND EAT.
-When you want somebody to work with/for you, it is only sensible to get their conscent before announcing the appointment. But if you only think you are inviting them to join you at the EATING TABLE...... senseless arrogance might make you take their readiness for granted!

Shehu Sani speaks like a true blooded paid spoke man

Anybody that has read the articles written by Sani would know he is a supporter of Boko haram and possibly a sponsors of the group. So for GEJ appointing him as an amnesty seeker is a waste of money and time.

This same man was the first to compared boko haram to the niger delta militants, an act which on it's own shows the mind set of this supposed human right campaigner. He stands for the muslim north and only muslim.

It like asking a fire starter to become the fire fighting person, like every other idiots who has half education but no human experience to add true meaning to the case at hand. GEJ open eyes

UNGODLY OMOAHOLO IMOGIRIE

IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU TOOK THE PATH OF ABUSE AND BLASPHEMY TO EXPRESS YOUR FRUSTRATION.NO RELIGION ON EARTH TEACHES BLASPHEMOUS STATEMENT AGAINST ANOTHER RELIGION,IT SHOWS YOU HAVE NO RELIGION,NO MORAL UPBRING,IT IS LIKELY YOU HAVE NO ORIGIN,OR MAYBE PICK FROM THE GUTTER.YOU ARE WORST THAN BH.BOTH JESUS AND MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON THEM) ARE SERVANTS AND MESSANGERS OF GOD.

Re: Shehu Sani Rejects Appointment To Serve in Boko Haram

This man called Shehu Sani is indeed a confusionist who is deliberately trying to confuse the federal government on ways to solve security problems in this country. The man only knows how to challenge every step taken by the President to solve security problems. Now that the federal government appoints him so that he would be directly involved, he declines to accept the appointment. What else does he want? Is there anything he wants that has not been done? Please let him come out clearly or he should keep quiet.

Committee is just another way of providing egunje for PDP boys!

Welldone Shehu . You saw through the egunje committee. They thought you were a jobless tout like others hence no need to consult you before you are appointed.
Where is the report of the committee setup on the Jos crisis ? This is just another way of providing egunje for PDP boys ! Dumbo Jo is confused, reality don overtake fantasy !

Meanwhile, Otile and akpos1, your moron brother keep dishing out the SS oil money to appease the northerners ahead 2015. It's not looking good for you guys ... isn't it ? People are wiser now; they voted the shoeless guy in 2011 and you all went crazy abusing everyone; it's pay back ! ha aha ha

Boko haram spokes man rejects what?

It is not a surprise that Shehu Sani rejected the appointment, the guy speaks like boko haram, act like boko haram and we are expecting him to go and talk with himself? How foolish

You are fool omoahalo. Beause

You are fool omoahalo. Beause only a fool can say what u just said. Bastard.

omoaholo

mr. omoaholo, it seems u'r a drunkard. may u & ur generation never know peace. & may d course of Allah be on u forever 4 dis comment. all muslim say ameeen!

Tochukwu

Tochukwa i think u are high on something, u said you pray other committee members should withdraw as well yet, you are also praying the president will the report, which report from where if God should listen to your stupid prayers lol.

THE LIST IS INCOMPLETE

The list of the committee members is incomplete.Kai, what of Buhari and Babangida the evil genius? If you want real solution, make sure this two piple are in the committe.Then another committe to investigate how my wife spent last week cooking money i gave her to market. Another committe to investigate how many nama were killed in asokoro market. How many committe do we have in this country? Committe republic of Nigeria.

Omoaholo, May gods u believe in Destroy you.

Omoaholo,you are a fool,a complete disgrace to your parent.I believe u have shown that u are not a good christian,as u dont know what Christianity is all about.You are neither a muslim nor a christian.Your religion is teaching u how to abuse the prophet.Am sure u must have abuse your parents too.Well i dont blame you,your actions are a typical of one that has been cursed by his parents.Mad man!

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