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Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

Boko Haram: Gowon offers to mediate

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General Yakub Gowon (Rtd)
  • Condemns massacre of citizens

From David Hassan, Gombe

Former Head of state and chairman stakeholders’ dialogue on peace development, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, has offered to mediate between Government and the Boko Haram sect if it would end the insurgency launched by the group in the North.

General Gowon made the disclosure yesterday in Gombe,  during a stakeholders’ dialogue/peace forum  on North-East zone,  organized by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in collaboration with  United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other relevant security agencies, held at the banquet hall of Government House, in Gombe.

According to the Hausa service of the BBC monitored yesterday, the former Head of State said, “I am begging them (the insurgents), to please, because of God, stop this carnage; if it entails myself meeting with them personally I am willing to mediate on behalf of the government, even if it means going as far as China, just to bring an end to this rampant killing of innocent civilians by the sect in the North”, describing it as alarming, even as he said that issue of the killings by the sect is everybody business.

Gowon affirmed that we must win the war against terror, noting that all us have a collective responsibility to protect our destiny and that what requires to succeed, there is need for us as a nation to cooperate with one another irrespective of our religion, ethnic group,  socio economic political entity.

He called on meaningful Nigerians not to relent in fighting against terrorism that have been the major challenge in the North, particularly the North- East region.

Speaking further, he said the adoption of over 200  Chibok schoolgirls in Borno state  by Boko Haram  has jolted not only Nigerians but the entire world, saying that federal government had  launched counter-insurgency measures to restore  law and order, to ensure that issue of terrorism is put to an end in the country.

Also speaking at the event, the minister of interior comrade Abba Moro urged citizens in the country, as matter of urgency, to protect the nation even as he said that the nation can never develop without peaceful coexistence among the people.

The minister, however, stressed government’s commitment towards putting to an end of terrorism in the country, saying the federal government is making frantic effort to ensure that the menace of terror in country is eradicated.

In his remark, Gombe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo affirmed that the  issue  terrorism in the country is something to think about, but noted that it is worrisome, as according to him, newspapers headlines gives hope for the insurgents while weakening security agencies’ efforts.

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