Senator, representing Bayelsa East at the National Assembly, Clever Ikisikpo, has said members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, will be granted amnesty if “they behaved well”.
Ikisikpo, who backed the call by some northern leaders that President Goodluck Jonathan should grant amnesty to members of the sect, however, said they should behave like people desiring the gesture.
Granting of amnesty, he said, should be to persons, who had shown genuine intention to maintain the peace.
He said it was unacceptable for northern leaders to be clamouring for amnesty amid the continuous shedding of innocent blood by Boko Haram.
The Senator spoke with our correspondent on Sunday after a thanksgiving at the New Demonstration Ministry Worldwide, Kolo in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Ikisikpo urged members of the sect to come out of their hiding and hold talks with the Federal Government.
He appealed to the sect members to emulate the former Niger Delta militants, who came out of the creeks to embrace amnesty.
He said the purpose of amnesty was to rehabilitate people and reintegrate them into the society.
He said, “Amnesty can be given to any person if the person behaves well. It is a means of rehabilitation. But what the government is saying is that we cannot give you money when we don’t know who you are.
“If Boko Haram members can come out like the militants in the Niger Delta, there is nothing wrong in giving them amnesty”.