Surrender to jihad: Nigerian president considers amnesty for bloody Boko Haram jihadists

Once again reinforcing the proposition that terrorism works. “Nigeria president considers amnesty for Islamist rebels,” by Felix Onuah for Reuters, April 17:

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signaled on Wednesday he would consider offering an amnesty to Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in an effort to end an insurgency that has killed thousands.

“Goodluck Jonathan has approved the constitution of a Presidential Committee to constructively engage key members of Boko Haram and define a comprehensive and workable framework for resolving the crisis of insecurity,” his office said in a statement.

Boko Haram, a group fighting to create an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria, has become the greatest threat to stability in Africa’s biggest oil exporter and most populous country, since an uprising in 2009.

The group mostly targets security forces but has attacked several churches, mosques, schools and markets, increasingly using suicide bombs.

Christian southerner Jonathan has been largely unsuccessful in quelling the violence through military means and, in recent weeks, traditional leaders in the predominantly Muslim north have put pressure on him to offer Boko Haram a deal.

Western governments are increasingly concerned about Nigerian Islamists linking up with other groups in the region, including al Qaeda’s West African wing, particularly after a spike in kidnappings of foreigners this year.

Jonathan had previously said that he would only engage Boko Haram in dialogue once it had ceased attacks and when its secretive leaders come out of the shadows for talks.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has said in the past he was not interested in talking with the government. Any peace process would be complicated by the group’s ill-defined leadership structure and the existence of spin-off Islamist groups.

Jonathan’s Minister of Special Duties Kabiru Turaki will chair a 26-member committee to develop a framework for an amnesty through which disarmament could take place within 60-days, the statement said.

A 2009 amnesty for militants in Jonathan’s home region, the Niger Delta, led to tens of thousands of men laying down their arms in return for stipends and training….

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  1. says

    Muslim jihad gangsters who are *not* proposing to talk, should be relentlessly hammered with everything the Infidel forces have got.

    Because they don’t offer ‘talks’ or ‘peace treaty’ or ‘hudna’ if they are feeling strong; they do not do i t until and unless they are weakened and want a ‘timeout’.

    The fact that they are NOT offering talks suggests they think they are on a roll, that they are winning. So the Nigerian non-Muslim forces should grit their teeth and persevere.

    And because of *that*, alas, then when and if the Muslims at some point *do* offer to ‘talk’ – as soon as somebody comes forward offering ‘talks’ – then THAT should, alas, be the signal for the Infidel forces to go in at once and hit the jihadists even *harder*.

    Treaty of Hudaybiyya, Treaty of Hudaybiyya, Treaty of Hudaybiyya; and..’War is deceit’.

    NO Infidel politician, diplomat, law enforcement officer or soldier should leave home, these days, without a basic understanding of those two things that suffuse Muslim warmaking.

  2. says

    Clarification.

    When I wrote ‘because of *that*’, the ‘*that*’ referred back to *this*:

    “they [Muslims] don’t offer ‘talks’ or ‘peace treaty’ or ‘hudna’ if they are feeling strong; they do not do it until and unless they are weakened and want a ‘timeout’.”