By Ben Agande, Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan has charged members of the Presidential Committee on engagement with members of the Boko Haram Sect to come up with solutions that will restore peace in the troubled northern parts of the country, saying that is what Nigerians expect from them.
Inaugurating the amnesty committee, as well as, the committee on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons at the Council Chamber of the presidential Villa, Abuja Wednesday, President Jonathan prayed Allah to grant members of the committees the wisdom to do their job.
According to the president, “Nigerians are expecting this committee to perform magic and we pray that Allah should give you the wisdom to do so, because without peace we can’t develop no matter how committed we are”.
He charged members of the committee to establish a link with members of the Boko Haram sect and develop a framework towards disarmament.
The president further enjoined the committee to work out a sustainable option that will lead to the granting of amnesty to members of the sect and develop a comprehensive victim support programme, “because a number of people are victims of the excesses of the Boko Haram. And as we try to address the issue of the Boko Haram we must also comprehensively address the issues directly affecting the people. the committee must also come up with suggestions on how to address the underlying causes of the crisis, to ensure that as a nation we don’t face similar threats in the future” the president said .
He reiterated that “The Federal Government is ready to work with you and any other organization to make sure that these excesses of Boko Haram is brought to an end so that as a nation it is issues of development not issues of conflicts, issues of peace not issues of disaster”.
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