South-East chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Monday said it would resist any attempt to grant amnesty to members of the Boko Haram group without adequate compensation for victims of its bombings.
The South-East CAN also said recent happenings in the country was, “a clear indication that President Goodluck Jonathan seems to have lost vision and direction.”
Speaking at the association’s quarterly media briefing, its Chairman, and Bishop of the Enugu Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, therefore called on the Federal Government to handle the proposed amnesty for Boko Haram members with caution.
Chukwuma urged the President to be wary of sycophants who would hijack the amnesty programme and use it to enrich themselves.
The cleric said that the programme is also likely to encourage the proliferation of more dissident groups.
“Amnesty programme for Boko Haram members should be handled with caution. Our position is that no amnesty for victims, no amnesty for Boko Haram members,” Chukwuma stated.
He said, “We must be very careful not to mesmerise amnesty, otherwise, kidnappers, armed robbers, members of the Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra, Odua Progressive Congress members and other groups will also seek amnesty.”
The Anglican bishop also asked the Federal Government to intensify measures towards quelling insurrection in the North, saying, “Southerners would soon be forced to defend themselves.” Chukwuma kicked against Nigeria’s centenary celebration, stressing that Nigeria was not united. He said, “And in such situation, there is really nothing to celebrate.”
He also said, “It is not right to celebrate an amalgamation that was not done with the consent of the people.
“You don’t celebrate what is not working. I see it as a corrupt celebration; I have not seen anything that brings Nigeria together.
“You can’t be celebrating when we are not one, when Southerners can’t live in the North; you can’t celebrate what is not existing.”
The South-East CAN described the recent constitution of members of governing councils of federal institutions in the country as “embarrassing.”
According to its chairman, most of the members were old and expired, even as some of them were also men of questionable integrity.
“Composition of the boards and councils is embarrassing. Many of them are unacceptable, and some of them are expired. They have nothing to offer any longer.
“We have the worst case of Salisu Buhari who was removed from office over forgery, yet he has been appointed as a member of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, governing council.
“It is an insult to Ndigbo. We want to know the criteria for selecting these people. Nigerians want to know. The recycling of old politicians in the name of settling them negates the spirit of transformation,” Chukwuma added.