* Minister Haruna
President Goodluck Jonathan has dissociated himself from Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna's claim that the presidency is ready to grant amnesty to the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
The Minister had on Thursday stated that the President has granted amnesty to the sect members who are willing to embrace peace by dropping their arms and ammunitions.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect.
“Series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace.
“Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the Federal Government, to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key to amnesty programme,” Mr Haruna said at a programme organised for the country’s youths.
But Jonathan, speaking through his spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, on Saturday, dismissed Haruna's claim.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents, Abati, insisted the President never used the word