Sultan of Sokoto seeks amnesty for Boko Haram

"We want to use this opportunity to call on the government — especially Mr. President — to see how he can declare total amnesty to all combatants without thinking twice," Sultan of Sokoto said.

Sultan of Sokoto seeks amnesty for Boko Haram

World Bulletin / News Desk

The top spiritual leader for Muslims in Nigeria called Tuesday for the nation's president to grant a "total amnesty" for Boko Haram members.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Abubakar spoke before an Islamic group in Kaduna, a city on the fault line between the north and Nigeria's largely Christian south that has seen thousands killed in recent years in fighting between the two faiths.

The sultan said that while conversations should continue among Muslims about how to encourage peace, President Goodluck Jonathan should consider offering a peace deal to stop the fighting.

"We want to use this opportunity to call on the government — especially Mr. President — to see how he can declare total amnesty to all combatants without thinking twice," he said. "If the amnesty is declared, the majority of those young men who have been running would come out and embrace that amnesty.

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