FG score Gov Aliyu high on security?plans Boko Haram disarmament within 60 days

The Federal Government on Monday commended and scored the Niger state Governor Dr. Mu?azu Babangida Aliyu very high for tackling the issue of security insurgency in the state saying it is worthy of emulation.

The Minister of Special Duties and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security challenges in the North Honourable Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, while commending the Governor when the Committee visited him in Government House, Minna said that it plans to set up a framework on the disarmament of Boko Haram sect which will be done within 60 days.

Turaki said, since the ugly incidents of Madalla and Suleja in Niger state, normalcy and peace have eventually returned to the state and that is why Niger state was chosen by the federal government as a platform to proffer a solution to all these problems.

?We are here to tap your knowledge to see that the issue of insecurity in the north is tackled finally because you did not allow the issue of insecurity to linger at all in Niger state, we appreciate your effort.

?We call on all Northern states Governors to follow your footsteps so as to achieve these goals. Federal Government on its own will talk with the victims, share their views and feelings to see where we can help them, irrespective of the fact that nothing can quantify whatever that is given to them compared to the lives of their dear ones who have died or lost parts of their bodies,? he said.

The Minister said ?the federal government really commends Governor Aliyu?s untiring effort in ensuring lasting peace which has brought normalcy to Niger state. Mr. President seeks to address with the establishment of this committee something that is very dear to you, the concern is to address what you and your colleagues (Northern Governors) have several times discussed and tackled.

?We are aware of several committees you and your colleagues had set up on the same problem with a view to making sure that normalcy is restored in every nooks and crannies of the northern part of the country.

?Life and property need absolute protection in such a way and manner that every Nigerian irrespective of your religion, political affiliation or vocation or where you come from, people must be free to move and pursue their businesses without any hindrances.?

Turaki said the committee was set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to look into the causes of students? strike, security challenges, and other forms of insecurity issues that have bedeviled this country most especially the northern part.

The Committee, according to the Minister is expected to engage the Boko Haram sect into constructive dialogue with the view of bringing to an end the issue of security insurgency that has bedeviled the northern part of the country.

He said ?we have been asked to look at the issue of disarmament in such a way and manner that a framework can be set up so that disarmament will be done within a period of 60 days.

Mr. President has also asked the committee to develop a framework in granting amnesty in deserving circumstances, also to come up with concrete suggestions on how to support the victims of the unfortunate incident that had taken place in several parts of the country, and to suggest ways that the government can attack it frontally with the view of ensuring that there is peace in all affected areas.

?Our focal point is not only in the northern parts but in the whole country. We are here in the cause of our national tour for the purpose of interacting with stakeholders on how to go about the problems.

Enakeno is a journalist and television producer

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