Nigeria"s President Goodluck Jonathan (C) arrives on a working visit to Borno state
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Nigeria's president rejects Boko Haram amnesty call

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan says his government cannot grant an amnesty to the militant Islamist group Boko Haram because it is not known who its members are or what they want.

He said the group's members were like ghosts, operating under a veil.

A Nigerian Muslim leader recently suggested such an amnesty could help end violence ravaging northern Nigeria.

Mr Jonathan was on his first official visit to the north-eastern region worst hit by the group's insurgency.

James Kelly reports.

  • 08 Mar 2013
  • From the section Africa
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