Monday, 27 February 2012

Atiku Urges Boko Haram To Dialogue With FG

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FORMER Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has urged members of the Boko Haram sect to seize the opportunity offered for dialogue with the Federal Government in the interest of unity, stability and economic development of the country.
The former vice-president made the call against the backdrop of renewed attacks by the sect in Jos and Gombe, which led to scores of death at the weekend.

Atiku, who spoke on Monday, in a statement issued by his media aide in Abuja, said that no one would take the group or its agenda seriously if it continued to remain faceless.
According to him, it was high time the group stepped out of obscurity to articulate its grievances and, thereby, opening a window for dialogue.
He reiterated his earlier position that there could be no justification for the killings of Nigerians under any guise.
He decried the killings and destruction of property, saying that the activities of the Boko Haram amounted to a declaration of war on the Nigerian State.
“If the Boko Haram sect and its leadership have something to say; if they have any grouse against the Nigerian state, the proper thing for them is to come out in flesh and state it, so that a process of dialogue that will eventually lead to the resolution of the crisis,” Atiku said.
He expressed his condolences to the affected families and governments as well as people of Plateau and Gombe over the killings in Jos and Gombe. Source: Tribune.

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