Northern Traditional Rulers Meet Jonathan, Presents Best Solution to Boko Haram Insurgency
Members of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council have presented their position in a paper on the best methods with which the Federal Government can contain the activities of the dreaded Islamic group, Boko Haram.
The paper was presented to President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja last night by the head of the Council, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar the third.
Secretary to the council, Emir of Kazaure, Najib Adamu who spoke with State House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the issue of amnesty formed part of the strategies recommended to the federal government to foil the boko haram insurgents, however with emphasis on how it can be handled properly.
Adamu said it also includes a better appreciation of the situation and it’s sustainability rather than treating it haphazardly which people believe would be the case.
The emir also stressed that the meeting was about the state of the nation, the security challenges, then also sought the appointment and the opportunity of the President to know the councils views on security situation and how to go about resolving the crises.
He said the council had also recommended the use of dialogue as one of the strategies to resolve the security challenges and at the same time to devise strategies that will encourage or lay the foundation for sustainable peace in the country.
According to him, the council presentation had also been preceded by long time discussion and deliberation.
Information Minister, Labaran Maku who also spoke on the meeting,further explained that the position paper presented to the president by the royal fathers contained in it recommendations on how the government will tackle the insurgents in the Northern part of the country.
Maku said the issues raised in the paper also concerned ongoing efforts by the Federal Government, particularly on the security challenges.
According to him, the Sultan and all the traditional rulers commended the President for his patience in handling the insurgency in the north in the last two years and particularly commended him for handling the situation in such a way that it has not been seen as if the insurgency is being instigated by people who don’t like him or religious community in the country
The royal fathers who attended the meeting includes the Etsu Nupe, Shehu of Borno, Tor TiV, Gbong Gwom Jos, Emir of Kazuare, Emir of Lafia and Ona of Abaji, Emir of Gwandu, Lamido of Adamawa, Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Emir of Borgu, Aku Uka of Wukari, Shehu of Borno, Emir of Fika and Emir of Bauchi.
On the federal government side was the Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Minister of Information, Labaran Maku; Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed; Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Boni Aji and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.)
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