You cannot express reservation at all, to what is happening or what happened before in the area of presidential pardon in Nigeria. A lot has happened since Independent; but the story of the end of the Nigerian civil war is the first occasion when a blanket amnesty was granted to all Biafrans with a declaration, "No Victor No Vanquished" by the General Yakubu Gowon Military administration. And by that declaration the Biafran leader. General Odomegue Ojukwu and all Biafrans were pardoned for taking up arms against the nation.
And because of that presidential pardon all abandoned property that belonged to Igbo in Port Harcourt were evaluated and compensation paid during the Navy Commander A.P Diete Spiff Military Government that was a great outing by the leaders of the 70s That was for the interest of the peace and oneness of the nation, Nigeria, and was really nice.
The late president, Umaru Musa Yar;Adua also in a bid to bring peace to the Niger Delta region decided to grant amnesty to Militants, and that program was lauded all over the world and that was as a result of the neglect the region suffered as oil and gas bearing people. President Goodluck Jonathan who succeeded Yar'Adua has done justice to the amnesty program sending thousands to schools and empowering others.
Taking a queue from that, the governor of Bayelsa state, Hon. Seriake Dickson has declared amnesty for Cultists, welcome as that seems to be, the BIG QUESTION IS WHAT HOPE FOR THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS?