Extend ‘Amnesty’ Granted Fani-Kayode To Other Agitators, Ajulo Tells Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode when the latter was presented to the President after his formal defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress

Dr Kayode Ajulo, a legal practitioner,  has described Mr. Femi Fani – Kayode’s (FFK) admission into the APC as a ‘symbolic presidential amnesty’, considering his past attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ajulo said this  in a statement  on Thursday in Abuja, following Fani-Kayode’s recent defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

He said the APC was magnanimous to have received FFK, irrespective of the fact that  some persons including some party members might  not be happy with the development.” FFK’ past attacks on President Buhari and  the APC  had unwittingly influenced passions in some quarters,  for armed and unarmed agitations against the President and the Nigerian state.”
He recalled that FFK had suggested on different occasions with his tweets, that the APC government was filled with terrorists.

Dr. Kayode Ajulo

Ajulo, however,  said that the commendable magnanimity of President Buhari to FFK  should be extended to various agitators across the country as a basis for amnesty.
According to him, amnesty in this context is not to be viewed from the strict standpoint of legal knowledge,  rather the ordinary meaning is desirable.

“For our immediate purpose therefore, amnesty means forgiveness, cessation of remembrance of wrong, leniency and mercy,” he said.
He stated that it might not be wrong to state that the symbolic ‘amnesty’ granted to FFK by the President and the APC almost came on a platter of gold.

“The symbolism by the President signposts the fact that the vilest of ‘sinner’ in his lucid moment of thorough reflections,  can be granted safe passage toward the “mercy seat,” he said.Ajuoo admitted that FFK  is  misunderstood man and a controversial personality.

According to him, haven  been given the benefit of ‘eating his cake and having it, the same level of understanding, leniency and mercy should be extended to his allies.

He said some of the agitations by secessionists had not gone without the open endorsement and support of FFK.

He advised  FFK  to totally divest himself of his divisive un-nationalistic past.


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