The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan has advocated conditional pardon for Boko Haram.
Onaiyekan stated this while delivering his homily at a mass celebrated to jointly mark the Divine Mercy solemnity and the 2018 Mothers’ Day in Abuja on Sunday.
He said: “A lot of negative occurrences are going on in our country, and we are scared because God may descend on us in anger.
“If He doesn’t, it is because of his mercy and forgiveness. So we need to pay attention to mutual forgiveness. We must find a way to wash each other’s wounds.
“We have continually hurt each other in ways that polarize the nation along religious and ethnic lines. If we admit our need for God’s mercy, then, we must forgive each other.
“It is my duty as a preacher to call for the forgiveness of Boko Haram insurgents; on the condition that they would change for the better”.