Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jonathan held dialogue with Northern elders on Boko Haram crisis

President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday held consultations with Borno Elders, North East Elders and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) on the Boko Haram menace,
at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Labaran Maku, minister of information, said it focused on finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram crisis.

"The President, this afternoon, held a broad-based consultation with leaders from Borno State, the North East and Arewa Consultative Forum on the security situation in Borno and other parts of the north," Maku said.

He stated that the "meeting was broadly attended by political leaders and explored different options consulted widely on what we can do together to bring about peace and security in Borno and other affected areas. The meeting was very fruitful and indeed, this is the beginning of further dialogue to find a solution to this problem".

Maku said after due consultation, the leaders agreed that it was premature to get troops out of Borno.

"There was broad-based consultation about the outcry for the withdrawal of the military. But in the light of this discussion, the meeting generally agreed that it is premature to withdraw the military. What was needed was that if there are cases of individual misbehaviour by members of the Joint Task Force, the authorities will look into those cases,” he said.

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