From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil has restated his calls on the insurgents to embrace dialogue and peace, even as he distributed relief materials worth several millions of naira to victims of Boko Haram in Borno state.
In an Eid el Fitr message, sent from Saudi Arabia, Hon. Wakil said the concluded holy month offered opportunity for all believers to rededicate their lives to the service of Allah by eschewing all actions in breach of commandments Of Allah.
According to the minister, Borno state, and the North-East in general, has witnessed a lot of bloodletting, which cannot be justified under Islamic tradition, advising that, Ramadan, as a month of repentance and service to God, should create an atmosphere for dialogue and an end to the insurgency.
“In this holy period, I appeal to insurgents to embrace dialogue and put an end to this bloodletting. In the name Of Allah, I Call on the Boko Haram leaders to enter into negotiations with the government and put an end to this unacceptable suffering of our people “, Hon Wakil reiterated.
While identifying with the Shehu of Borno and other leaders of the Muslim community on this festive period, the minister urged all Muslims to retain the lessons of Ramadan, which he called perseverance, philanthropies and Godliness.
Meanwhile, the minister has distributed rice, maize and other relief materials to victims of recent Boko Haram attacks in Damboa, Askira and parts of Biu in Borno state. The materials were distributed to most victims who fled recent attacks and are now camped in Biu.
The minister told the victims that the Federal Government is deploying all necessary means to put an end to the insurgency. The message, delivered by the Special Assistant Political to the minister, Alhaji Lawan Kolo, empathized with the victims, affirming: “I share in your grief, as I am also a victim like you”.