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Nigerian Govt says it is ‘open to political solution’ on Kanu, Igboho

The federal government has indicated its readiness to accept a political solution in order to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in the south east and south west parts of the country.

This was disclosed in a chat with journalists Wednesday by Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

While noting that criminal conducts would never go unpunished, Malami however, remarked that the government has been using the amnesty policy to tackle some security challenges in the country and this includes a political solution.

“As far as security situation is concerned and as far as governance and this administration is concerned, you cannot rule out all possibilities”, he said, before adding that, “But then there has to be an approach for government to consider.”

He said it is the approach if at all any was made that the government “will look into for the purpose of looking at its weight, the authenticity of it, the good faith associated with it and then bring about the considerable factors relating to the negotiations or otherwise.

“So it is not a conclusion that one can outrightly make without juxtaposing associated facts relating to the reconciliation. There has to be an approach and then a counter consideration.

“So no approach in that respect is on table for consideration yet. So we’ll cross the bridge when eventually we get to that; when perhaps a type of request is made, we’ll consider,” he said.

The Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been involved in legal battle with Nnamdi Kanu in Nigeria, while battling to extradite Igboho from Benin Republic to face criminal charges.

However, some leaders from the two geopolitical zones have been urging for a political solution to the crisis.

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