Don’t Use Force On Boko Haram, Grant Them Amnesty – Izala’s Bala Lau Pleaded In 2012

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari stands with radical Izala wahhabi sect leader Bala Lau, April 2015

Nigeria: Boko Haram – Izala Wants FG to Tread With Caution

1st March 2012

rescuedBy Ibrahim Abdul’aziz

Yola — The Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa’ikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS) yesterday cautioned the Federal Government against using force to tackle the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking in Yola, the group’s national chairman, Sheikh Abdullahi Bala Lau said the best way to tackle the Boko Haram issue is through dialogue.

“We wish to appeal to the Federal Government to discountenance calls from some quarters for a confrontation with the sect because there will be innocent casualties. As a nation, our priority should be to ensure that, in tackling the sect, no innocent live is lost. What government should do is to seek ways of getting members of the sect to give up arms and then grant them amnesty,” the group said.

The group lamented that the emergence of Boko Haram and its obvious expansion were contributing to poverty and unemployment in the North.

“In fighting terrorism and other vices in the nation, government must first endeavour to provide employment to keep the youths meaningfully engaged,” it added.