Senator George Akume

The former Governor of Benue State and the Senate minority leader, Sen. George Akume, has appealed to the members of the Boko Haram sect to drop their arms and embrace the Federal Government?s dialogue offer.

This advice was contained in a statement he issued on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the insurgents drop their arms and embrace the government?s offer of dialogue so that whatever grievances they have against the system will be addressed.

“I received with great shock, news of another bomb blast in Jos in which a number of unspecified people are reported to have died,?? the statement quoted Akume as saying.

Akume said that the recent spate of bombings which claimed the lives of many innocent Nigerians was clear evidence that the insurgents had unleashed terrorism on Nigeria.

“ Most disheartening is the kidnapping of young teenage schoolgirls and the announcement by the leader of Boko Haram that the girls are to be sold into slavery,?? Akume said in the statement.

The statement said that it was apparent from the utterances of those committing these acts of terror that their grievances are not religious, ethnic nor political.

“They simply want to destroy the democracy which Nigerians have fought for and which we are now trying to build.

“ I wish to remind them that Nigeria has come to stay and any attempt by them to destroy the country will fail.

“The new attempts to plunge our beloved country into yet another civil war will fail,” it said.

The statement, however, called on Nigerians irrespective of their religious beliefs and ethnic origins to stand firm against the premeditated attempts to destroy the country.

According to the statement, the insurgents do not represent any religion or ethnicity but themselves and their dark motives.

“We must not allow them to succeed,” it said.

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