Nobody loves to suffer alone and especially when you are not the only one guilty of the offence you are being punished for. That is the dilemma of one of Boko Haram’s kingpin, Kabiru Sokoto, who is in prison.
According to reports, Kabiru Sokoto has said he is ready to name the sponsors of the extremist terrorist group, Boko Haram. A top security officers at Kuje Prisons, Abuja, where he is serving a life sentence, revealed to Nigerian Pilot.
The prison official said, “Kabiru Sokoto has been saying aloud and telling anyone who cares to listen in prison that he is ready to name the sponsors of Boko Haram. He also wants the government [of President Jonathan] to consider his plea for pardon.”
Kabiru Sokoto who stated this in a letter written by his lawyer, Sheriff Okoh to President Goodluck Jonathan added that he was wrongly convicted appealing to the President to grant him pardon, claiming that he was innocent of the offences for which he was convicted.
The letter reads in part:
“Your Excellency Sir, an innocent man was convicted by the court on the date aforementioned. It is for this singular reason that we are applying to you for Presidential pardon in the circumstance pursuant to your exclusive legitimate constitutional powers as enshrined in your golden conscience and under Section 175(a) and (b) of the Constitution.
“Your Excellency sir, we are applying for respite and pardon for the convicted felon Kabiru Umar (alias Kabiru Sokoto) because we have absolute faith in your compassion and highest sense of fairness, equity and justice first as a God-fearing man and next, as the leader of the most compassionate nation on earth.
“Your Excellency, we vow to reach out beyond the imagination and work with you in resolving the Boko Haram imbroglio, with the firm belief that no quarrel of brotherhood is eternal. We shall undertake this national task for the pleasure of God Almighty, believing in His divine will for our peaceful, united, symbiotic and mutual coexistence as brothers and sisters under a fair and just leader.”