Presidential pardons are used all over the world and have their basis in
Matthew 6:12, which states “and forgive us our sins, as we have
forgiven those who have sinned against us”. The principle is also found
in the Qur’an which says “But if you pardon and exonerate and forgive,
Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Qur’an, 64: 14].
Sources who have details of the goings on in Aso Rock have disclosed
that President Jonathan decided to pardon Alamieyiesegha to prove to
Obasanjo, Babangida and other powerful ex-Generals that he is indeed in
charge of Nigeria at the moment and can do what he pleases.
The president, according to a source, wants to remain in Aso Rock at all
cost in 2015 and will do everything to win the barking of the Ijaw
nation. And since Alamieyeisegha is still a powerful force in the Niger
Delta, pardoning him is the best way to give him (Alams) free access to
Aso Rock and other “critical areas” during the 2015 Presidential