Eminent Catholic clergyman, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has asked the Federal Government to grant amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members.
He decried the horrible life and torture the sect members subjected the kidnapped Chibok girls for over two years.
At a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, Onaiyekan, who is the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, expressed gratitude to God for last Thursday’s release of 21 of the kidnapped girls.
He said the fate of the remaining girls should not be forgotten.
The cleric bemoaned continued blame being heaped on the Federal Government over the fate of the girls and urged Nigerians to pray for the safe return of the remaining female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.
“We cannot forget the ones not accounted for. We are still waiting for their release.”
He said the Boko Haram sect has committed a huge crime against Nigeria and urged the media to continue to press home the evil associated with insurgency.
The archbishop appealed to the insurgents to repent and work for peace in Nigeria.
Onaiyekan said that he supports the granting of amnesty to members of the sect who are ready to change because it will help Nigeria to move forward.
He said: “We should accept and forgive the insurgents and offer them amnesty if they are ready to change.”
Meanwhile, Shi’ites from Iran are among the several religious leaders expected this week in Nigeria for the conference of world religious leaders.
This was disclosed at the press briefing in Abuja on Monday to herald the conference which commences on Tuesday.
The briefing was attended by Onaiyekan, Dr. William Vendly, the Secretary-General, Religions for Peace International and Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, the Executive Secretary, Abuja National Mosque Management Board, who represented the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III.
The organisers said that it will be an inter-faith gathering on how people of different religions can work together.
Onaiyekan said that the conference with theme: “Faith Works Africa – Partnership for Peace and Prosperity”, aims at bringing together religious communities for the interest of peace and development.
He said that more than 400 delegates are expected from all over the world.
Onaiyekan revealed that 50 Nigerians, 25 from the Moslem and Christian faith have been selected as observers at the conference.
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