Jonathan Sets Up Secret Committee To Resume Talks With Boko Haram
In a bid to find a lasting solution to the wanton killings and destruction of properties embarked upon by members of the Boko Haram sect, President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted an eight-member committee to renew negotiations for ceasefire, amnesty and demobilisation of members of the insurgent group.
According to report, the committee will work outside the public view and will not brief the media on happenings and level of progress of made. A source also said the names of names of the committee members may not be disclosed.
The constitution of the panel is one of the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North headed by the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN).
The committee had while submitting its report to President Jonathan on November 5, 2013 recommended, among others, the setting up of an advisory committee on continuous dialogue.
The team that will have powers to advise the President on all matters related to dialogue and resolution of crisis.
Turaki’s committee also recommended the setting up of Victims Support Fund for casualties of insurgency to be administered by a new agency established specifically to assist the victims.
The federal government had stated that it would adopt a multi-faceted approach towards solving the problem of insecurity, especially in the North-East.
The letter of appointment to the new panel members was signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Titled “Appointment as a member of the President’s committee on continuous dialogue and resolution challenges in North”, the letter reads in part: “I am pleased to inform you that the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has approved the constitution of the committee on continuous dialogue and resolution of security challenges in the North.”
Terms of reference include:
• To continue from where the previous committee stopped in its task and particularly engage any group that may be ready for dialogue;
• To develop together with relevant agencies of government a frame-work for the granting of amnesty;
• To develop and implement together with relevant agencies of government the frame-work for disarmament; and
• To develop with the relevant agencies of government a comprehensive victims support programme and strategies for its implementation to further the development of strategies and mechanisms to address the underlining causes of insurgencies to prevent reoccurrence.”
“Your appointment is at the pleasure of Mr. President”, the letter concluded.
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