Boko Haram: Council Of State Vows To End Terrorism By December

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Nigeria’s Federal Government

held another Council of State

meeting on Thursday, where

the country’s present and past

leaders resolved to support

President Goodluck Jonathan

to ensure that the current

spate of terrorism in some

parts of the country ends

before December.

Also top of the agenda in the

meeting was the issue of

registration and deportation

of non-indigenes from some

State in the country.

The meeting, therefore,

resolved to put an end to all

discriminatory practices, as

well as different school fees

for indigenes and non-

indigenes in states-owned

institutions among others.

The council presided over by

Jonathan has the Vice

President, President of the

Senate, Speaker of the House

of Representatives, all former

Heads of State, all former

Chief Justices of Nigeria and

all state governors as

members.

All former Heads of State,

except former President

Olusegun Obasanjo and Maj-

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari

(retd.) attended the

emergency meeting. President

of the Senate, David Mark,

was also absent.

The Council set up a six-

member committee saddled

with the responsibility of

further identifying other

discriminatory practices across

the country.

The committee which has two

months to submit its report,

according to him, has

governors of Niger, Sokoto,

Enugu, Gombe, Akwa Ibom

and Ondo States as members.

Governors Godswill Akpabio

(Akwa Ibom), Babangida Aliyu

(Niger), Sullivan Chime

(Enugu) and the National

Security Adviser, Col. Sambo

Dasuki (retd.) briefed State

House correspondents at the

end of the meeting.

Aliyu said it was the resolution

of council members that all

hands must be on the deck to

end insurgency in parts of the

country.

He said they would work hard

to ensure that the predictions

by some foreigners that

Nigeria would cease to exist as

a united body beyond 2015

remained a wishful thinking.

The governor added that the

council observed that leaders,

particularly politicians

remained the only threats to

the country and democracy.

He said a collective decision

was taken to stop the

inflammatory statements

always attributed to

politicians.

He said, “More fundamental

of the issues is the bucks

stopping with the leadership.

In fact, it came to the fore

that if there is any threat to

either the state or democracy

probably the threat is coming

from politicians and from

leaders of the country.

“We must understand the

boundaries of leadership and

also the responsibilities that

are involved. Leadership is not

about beauty contest.

“In leadership, you must take

difficult decisions and really

go about implementing them.

So, all the things came to the

fore at the meeting and

subsequently, each of us

made it a deliberate

resolution to all be bi-partisan

or non-partisan to support

the President to make sure

that we get rid of this

insurgency and indeed

suggesting that before

December.”

The governor said there was

nothing religious or Islamic

about the activities of the

dreaded Boko Haram sect.

He said the important thing

was for adherents of religions

to respect the rights of

adherents of other religions

aside from theirs.

On his part, Akpabio said the

council frowned at the

registration of Nigerians in

parts of the country and

directed that the exercise be

stopped forthwith.

He said the ex-leaders

proffered solutions to the

security challenges in the

country while council

members commended security

agencies.

He said, “Council viewed the

report seriously that some

citizens were being deported;

deportatiom should be from

one country to the other but

where you have a Nigerian

who is being returned to his

state of origin to other states,

then you know there is a

problem.

“We felt that that was capable

of disrupting the unity of the

country, making Nigerians to

become apprehensive and

unsafe.

“Also, council frowned at the

idea of even registering

Nigerians in various parts of

the country and felt this must

be brought to an end

immediately.

“And so we looked at all

these issues and the role

every leader should play from

the local government level to

the federal level. The role

each one of us should play to

ensure that we solidify the

unity of this country.

“We also looked at these

discriminatory practices across

board from all parts of the

country: North, South, West

and the East and we felt all

those issues must be brought

to front burner, solutions

proffer to ensure that

Nigerians are united, live

freely and do their businesses

without hinderance.”

Chime on his part said he saw

commitment to save the

country by both past and

present leaders who attended

the meeting.

He said the willingness to

remain one Nigeria will lead

to the abolition of disclosure

of states of origin.

Rather, he said people would

only be asked to disclose

where they reside.

He said “Those of us who

were around will remember

very well that that was how

the civil war started, we saw

the danger, we said there is

really need for every body to

be sensitised on this. It looks

very innocent now to say well,

I have security concerns, I can

register any body who is not

from here.

“But you don’t think that you

have some people on the

other side, what will you feel

if they have the same

concerns and decide to

register everybody who is not

from there?

“That is not the way the

framers of the constitution

envisaged that the constitution

should be operated.

“That is why this meeting was

held and I am very happy that

there was a lot of

commitment, the governors

who are the main operators,

who are the leaders at that

level are all committed that

this issue is resolved. There a

lot of commitment and

support across party lines by

those who attended”.


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