Boko Haram: Don’t Punish Sect Members Who Turn SelvesIn, Abdulsalami Pleads With FG   Leave a comment

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Tuesday urged members of theBoko Haram sect to embracedialogue.
Mr. Abubakar gave the chargewhen the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenge in the North visited him at his residence in Minna.
He appealed to the sect members to meet the committee to discuss their grievances, saying that dialogue was theonly out.
“I implore Nigerians to pray for the sect members to have a change of heartand accept dialogue to discuss their grievances and seek peace.
“If you go to the North, especially Bornoand Yobe wherethis is happening, you will weep. Women have turned widows and children orphans, while other people areseparated from one another.
“In the name of their conscience, in the name of Allah which theyprofess, they should lay down their arms and embrace dialogue to end the violence.
“Violence doesn’t solve problem, you must come to the table, without doing that your grievances are meaningless.”
Mr. Abubakar also advised the committee to thread with caution, saying, “The eyes of the whole world are on you to see what you can do and whatyou can come upwith”.
He described the carnage going on in the North as senseless, appealing to the committee not to allow the Federal Government to punish sect members who turned themselves in.
“The unemployed, but educated youthsare a threat to peace in any society, while government cannot employ everybody, we must create the right environment forthem to thrive,”Mr. Abubakar stated.
The Chairman ofthe committee, Kabiru Turaki, urged Mr. Abubakar to persuade leaders of the sect to come out and dialogue with the committee.


Posted June 5, 2013 by GOCLAP in writeups

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