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“Bola Tinubu was Wrongly Quoted on Amnesty for Boko Haram Statement” – His Special Adviser on Media | Read His “Correct” Statement



The former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, while on a condolence visit to the Emir of Kano and the state governor over the recent bomb attacks in the state made some comments about amnesty for members of Boko Haram.

This has been a dicey topic for weeks now with people taking different sides to the argument.

During the interview with reporters from national newspapers and broadcast outfits, Tinubu responded to a question on whether or not the government should grant amnesty to Boko Haram members, and for a while now, his comment has been trending on social media.

However, in an email sent to BellaNaija this evening the Special Adviser on Media to the former governor, Sunday Dare said he was misquoted. He sent in a statement which he said was the correct one and not what is being published by several media sources.

Here is what is being reported as his statement:

“For the innocent ones among them, there must be amnesty. We cannot fight a war in our own country against minor crimes and minor people. We would only end up multiplying these people by trying to use force against our own citizens. I therefore disagree with the President; they are not ghosts.
Are those people in prison ghosts? If they are, why are prison officials looking after them? Are JTF operatives fighting ghosts, do they possess magic power to see ghosts?”

And here is what his Special Adviser quoted as his actual statement:

“I support the granting of amnesty to the sect but with some conditions, which includes justice for those people with blood in their hands because it will go along way in discouraging such dastardly acts in future. If you call Boko Haram ghosts, what of their members that were arrested and are in various prisons? These people are human beings and through them, their colleagues can be known and talked to.”

Although there are some significant differences in both statements, they both reveal that he supports the granting of amnesty to members of the sect but with some conditions.

What are your thoughts on his opinion? Do you support the granting of amnesty to members of Boko Haram?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. jagaban

    March 21, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    To me this is laughable. If they were innocent y would they be in prison?Tinubu Shld tell us how he can determine an innocent BH member. How do u grant amnesty to people who r killing without logic or a good reason? He is just talking

  2. miser

    March 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    What’s the difference… Big hiss. Bola olorikondo ahmed tinubu…

  3. Anonymous

    March 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Please you do not negotiate with terrorists. I don’t understand why this government doesn’t understand this. Grant amnesty with some conditions?? Bull….! The people behind Boko Haram are some of our government officials and can be easily fished out if they really wanted to find them. We need strong leaders who are willing to fight for the safety of Nigerians, not weaklings looking for a reason to increase the security budget by forming a terrorist group!
    All the money laundering and theft we hear amongst ministers and governors in charge of basic necessities like water, electricity, roads, etc is nothing compared to this Boko Haram issue. This isn’t just about stealing money and living lavish, innocent peoples lives are at stake now. This matter is very serious and I don’t understand why no serious measures are being put in place to eradicate this terrorist group. Instead the Special Adviser of the so called “Asiwaju of Lagos” is publicly supporting granting amnesty with conditions. Crap! Just this evening, I heard their was a bomb threat by the aforementioned in the Apapa area. The two terrorists were caught and admitted Boko Haram has moved their operations to Lagos, to create more awareness about their wants and needs which are still a mystery to me. God help us.

  4. St. ED!

    March 22, 2013 at 12:06 am

    In my Opinion, I think opposition parties in Nigeria….take the word opposition to the extreme….I believe Bola Tinubu’s statements’ (Both the initial and “corrected”) on granting amnesty is abit faulty. Does he mean to say that anyone who decides to carry arms against the FG and kills innocent Nigerians should be granted amnesty? I get the fact that he is on the opposition but being in the opposition should not cloud our judgement…… The Niger Delta Militants carried arms for a cause and a struggle and innocent lives were not lost in the process……Boko Haram doesn’t seem to have a single objective……..If Bola Tinubu thinks they should be granted amnesty with the over 100+ people killed in kano recently, how does that justify his argument……I think Nigerian politicians should respond to issues with a nationalist and idealist approach and not the usual tongue-in-cheek statements above…

  5. W

    March 22, 2013 at 1:35 am

    NO capital NO. its too late to take his words back abeg. He already said it . God will soon expose them all.

  6. say the truth

    March 22, 2013 at 1:44 am


  7. mmmmh

    March 22, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Tinubu is still a mad man because like you pointed out, both statements show that he supports amnesty for these deranged animals! He won’t utter such nonsense if Boko Haram was attacking Yorubas or his loved ones.

  8. Ade Ojo

    March 22, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I don’t think Bella naija should involve itself with political news.

  9. moses

    March 22, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Bola tinubu has his reasons, federal govt has failed in all its attept, nd boko haram continues to kill inocent lives. Years have pased they continue to kill inocent lives, something has to be done about it. If your friends, family members or relative have been involve in the incident, u’l understand bola tinubu better. If we can’t go forward den we’l return home.

  10. pynk

    March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Illiteracy is a big burden on our society.

  11. Debs

    March 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Bella pls stay away from sensitive political issues such as this ooo. Having said this man is just talking……No pardon for these guys who have killed thousands of innocent people. Is it because his family isnt involved?so its easy for him to say.

    Meanwhile pardon them and you start getting all kinds of groups springing up for one mundane cause or the other. GEJ’s Govt is already percieved as weak and grating them amenesty will prove it.


    March 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    ade ojo i support the motion that bella naija does not get involve in politics all in support say chaste all against say tinubu

  13. Droom

    March 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Hmmm!this terrorist are not in Togo or Ghana but in Nigeria,I think what he means is negotiate with the machinaries and let them tell you the people @ the top and then you can bring them to book instead of overflooding the prisons while the people @ The top keeps recruiting new members and they keep taking innocent lives.

  14. ngozi

    March 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    The truth is that Tinubu is a muslim and simple observation tells you that it is difficult for any muslim to truly speak out against Boko Haram. I would be happy to just think this is due to fear of loss of position in their muslim community or maybe being lilly livered and so fearing possible personal attack against. However, i think the truth is that nearly all muslims have an inherent support for the kind of attacks perpetrated against christians by Boko Hara.
    Christianah Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin was murdered (butchered) by her studentds on 21st of March 2007- her death anniversary was yesterday. Since she died what has been done to compensate her family? Nothing. Rather the Gombe state government is contesting the suit on her behalf by an NGO instead of dettling the matter with the family.

    Tinubu is a muslim and will always be one-even in actions, politically or otherwise, never mind that he is married to a christian and allows her to be (for now). Look at how he made sure a muslim succedded him as governor, look at how he ensured a muslim was installed as Oba of Lagos and see how in mordern day Nigeria he and his fellows thought a muslim-muslim ticket for president was the answer to Nigeria’s polarised religious polity when they chose Ribadu and Fola Adeola for those positions.

    The truth is that Nigeria will solve her problems when we realise the truth of this muslim problem -incapacity to stand for justice and fairness for non muslims and relate with them accordingly. In other words, let your wiles come to play too when you are dealing with them so they dont get the better of you. The rest lies with God. But light has never defeated darkness so Boko Haram, it shall come to pass like others before it, the God of heaven will see to this in Jesus name.

  15. Emmanuel Peter

    March 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Bola is d same as them(Boko boys). They are fighting against Goodluck government.

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