A former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has warned that the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan to grant amnesty to terror group, Boko Haram, can plunge the country into another civil war.
who was the presidential candidate for the Action Congress of Nigeria
in the 2011 presidential election, spoke on Liberty FM in Kaduna on
He urged the President to grant amnesty to the violent
Islamist sect for peace to return to the country, saying he (Jonathan)
should not claim that the sect members were ghosts.
that with the way things were happening in the country, if nothing was
done, “Nigerians will lose Nigeria to a civil war.”
Advising Nigerians against voting for a leader they can not trust, he told Jonathan to “hearken to the voice of the people.”
said, “Jonathan was wrong to have said he will not grant amnesty to
Boko Haram; he should not fail to protect the people and when people
call saying we are tired, we are down; even if it means to dialogue and
have an solution to the whole process, he should opt for such.
cannot say they are faceless because faceless people do not do things
like this. Faceless people cannot be responsible and daily you see them
on Facebook. Faceless people cannot be in your custody; ghosts cannot be
people that are in the community, people who at a point wanted to
The former EFCC chairman added that a war could be averted “if we come together forgetting about sentiments, about differences and working
towards unity and saving the resources of this country because it is
only through that that we will be able to achieve peace.”