Nigeria denies Boko Haram amnesty

Youth Development Minister Boni Haruna announced on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan had declared amnesty for Boko Haram

Nigeria denies Boko Haram amnesty

Nigerian authorities have denied offering amnesty to Boko Haram militants.

"Let me refer you to the speech by the president. If you read that speech line by line, you will see that it contains the very message that the president wanted to put across," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told reporters late Saturday in the capital Abuja.

"In that speech, I don't think the president used amnesty, instead he spoke about those who are willing to renounce terrorism and those who are willing to embrace peace," he added.

In a televised national address on Thursday, President Goodluck Jonathan declared an all-out war on terrorism, but extended an olive branch for militants who renounce violence.

Youth Development Minister Boni Haruna announced on the same day that Jonathan had declared amnesty for Boko Haram members.

He said the amnesty is a repeat of the amnesty deal struck with Niger Delta militants in 2009, which Haruna said had successfully rehabilitated the militants who - at the height of their insurgency - almost crippled oil production.

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