The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on Saturday asked the Boko Haram insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace the Federal Government’s amnesty offer.
ACF said the offer of unconditional amnesty by the federal government to Boko Haram terrorists and other groups who surrender their arms, denounce militancy and then pledge their loyalty to the government is a welcome development considering the insecurity posed by the insurgents in the last nine years.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, and made available to journalists, ACF recalled that the Biafran agitators and Niger Delta militants who denounced their rebellion and militancy against the state were not only granted amnesty but also empowered with skills and re-integrated into the society.
According to ACF, the amnesty is to stop the killings, destruction of property and rebellion against the state.
It said: “So, any step taken by the government to end the current security challenges in the country cannot be too costly as long as it is done in accordance with worldwide best practices.
“ACF therefore urges the insurgents and other militia groups to lay down their arms and embrace the federal government’s offer of amnesty as the only means to peaceful coexistence and development.”