Northern Traditional Rulers Want FG To Consider Amnesty To Insurgents

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Northern Traditional Rulers’ Council (NTRC) has appealed to federal government to reconsider its stand and grant amnesty to insurgents who embraced peace, reformation and reintegration.

The appeal is contained a communique issued at the end of the council’s meeting in Sokoto on Friday.

According to the?monarchs , ?“this is the norm the world over and there exists a precedent in Nigeria’’ .

?“The unfortunate escalation of the insecurity in the country calls for decisive action by the government in order to contain it.

“ The meeting also?called on the Federal Government to consider dialogue as the better option in resolving the crises.”

The meeting?also?noted that the insurgency?was not targeted at non-Muslims??as majority of the victims were Muslims.

“ Attempts on the lives of their Royal Highnesses , the Shehu of Borno , the Emir of Kano and the Emir of Fika and the killing of a number of Muslim ?scholars ?are testimonies to this fact .

“The meeting noted with deep concern that the majority ?of the victims of the various crises are ?the ordinary citizens.”

?Similarly ,the traditional rulers?noted with concern the deteriorating rate of unemployment and its tendency to provide militants a potent source of recruits .

They called on all governments to take necessary,?positive and tangible steps to create jobs? as well as fight poverty in all its ramifications .

?“As part of the strategies to fight poverty in addressing the current and potential security and other challenges, the meeting calls for systematic review of the nation’s education system to make its products more skilful, productive , self-reliant and better prepared for life challenges .

?“The meeting calls on Nigerians to engage in fervent prayers for God Almighty to intervene and relieve us of the current problems .

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