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The Emir of Maradun in Zamfara State Alhaji Garba Mohammed Tambari yesterday reacted to comments credited to the Emir of Anka Alhaji Mohammad Ahmad Anka opposing amnesty for members of Boko Haram.
In a statement issued by the Maradun emirate yesterday, and made available to Weekly Trust in Abuja, Tambari said what the Emir of Anka was quoted as saying “was his own personal views,” adding that it was unfortunate.
“The comments credited to the Emir of Anka was worrisome and disturbing, considering the fact that the issue of amnesty was fully discussed and agreed upon by emirs led by the Sultan of Sokoto at a meeting in Kaduna in which the Emir of Anka was in attendance,” the statement quoted Tambari as saying.
He then reiterated the stand of the emirs on the amnesty for the members of Boko Haram which was purely aimed at achieving peace not only in the region, but the entire country.
The emir further recalled that late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua did formally know Niger Delta militants, but he had courage to request them to surrender their weapons and amnesty was granted them. He called for similar gesture to be extended to Boko Haram.
The Emir of Anka had, told journalists in Kaduna that “amnesty is for those people you know, you don’t give amnesty for people you don’t know”.