Dr Kayode Ajulo, a legal practitioner, has described former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode’s admission into the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a ‘symbolic presidential amnesty’, in view of his past attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ajulo disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, against the backdrop of Fani-Kayode’s recent defection to the APC.
He stated that the APC was magnanimous to have received Fani-Kayode, irrespective of the fact that some people including some party members might not be delighted with the development.
”FFK’s 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 said.
He recalled that Fani-Kayode had suggested on different occasions with his tweets, that the APC government was filled with terrorists.
Ajulo, however, said that the commendable magnanimity of Buhari to Fani-Kayode should be extended to various agitators across Nigeria as a basis for amnesty.
According to him, amnesty in this context isn’t to be viewed from the strict standpoint of legal knowledge, rather the ordinary meaning is desirable.
He said, “For our immediate purpose therefore, amnesty means forgiveness, cessation of remembrance of wrong, leniency and mercy.
“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.”