How to end insurgency, by Shehu Sani

By benim
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Feb 27th, 2014
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The President of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Shehu Sani, yesterday urged the Federal Government to consider other options to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

He also urged the government to raise a Contact Committee and Islamic sects’ leaders’ dialogue committee.

Sani, who is favoured by the sect as a mediator, made his position known in a statement last night in Abuja.

He said the use of force might not help.

The statement said: “Condemnation and shedding of tears is not enough. Proactive intervention and involvement is the only practical step to end the insurgency.

“The state reserves the right to apply all its security apparatus to contain and extinguish the insurgency, but where it prolongs and becomes perilous to the lives of innocent Nigerians, other options should also be given attention.”

Sani recommended the urgent raising of two committees, and the enlisting of Islamic scholars and organisations to persuade Boko Haram to stop fighting.

The statement said: “The insurgency in the Northeast is a serious threat to our right to life, liberty and democracy. However, the situation is not hopeless, if the Federal Government will take the following important steps:

“The Federal Government should set up two committees: (1) Contact Committee and (2) Islamic sects’ leaders’ dialogue committee.

“The contact committee should comprise facilitators of the Dr. Datti Ahmed intervention and some selected members of the insurgent groups now in detention.

“The Islamic sects committee should comprise the leaders of Darika sects, Izala sects, Shiite sects, Qadriyya sects, Tijjaniya sects, Ahmadiyya sects.

“The first committee’s mission is to initiate a genuine contact with the leadership of the insurgents and secure an immediate and credible ceasefire.

“The second committee’s mission is to engage the insurgents from the Islamic perspective and set an agenda for an end to all forms of violence and restoration of peace in that part of the country.”

Sani explained why he refused to serve on the Federal Government Dialogue Committee, which was headed by the Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki

He said: “My refusal to serve in the Federal Government dialogue committee is informed by the fact that the committee is lacking in contact and content and substance to achieve an end to the violence.

“They wasted tax payers’ money by raising false hopes and broadcasting false and misleading ceasefires and contacts with the insurgents.”

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