Boko Haram Onslaught: Jonathan Advised to Engage Opposition, Others in Dialogue

Abang Mercy

President Goodluck Jonathan has been advised to dialogue with the opposition and other interest groups on ways to finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram menace in the country.

Veteran journalist and former special assistant to the late Chief MKO Abiola, Lisa Olu Akerele, said in a press statement in Abuja on Wednesday that the cult group had become a problem to all Nigerians no matter their political affiliations.

Akerele said it had become necessary for President Jonathan to parley with all other political parties in the country to find a collective solution on how to curb the incessant attacks by Boko Haram.

Noting that the bombs thrown by Boko Haram do not discriminate between ethnic, religious or political ties of their victims, he said the need for all to put their hands together to halt the group was more compelling now than ever before in view of the current increase in attacks.

Akerele cautioned Ijaw indigenes to be more circumspect in their comments on the attacks, stressing that they were unwttingly pushing other ethnic groups in the country to unite against Jonathan.

He pointed out that all groups had suffered from the bomb blasts, adding that it was unacceptable for the Ijaws to give the impression that other ethnic groups in the country had teamed up against the President because he is of a minority ethnic group.

“President Jonathan must act fast to douse tension by calling his kinsmen to order by stopping them from making inflamatory statements capable of uniting other tribes against him and his government and people,” he maintained.

Akerele condoled with staff and management of Channels TV over the demiss of their reporter, Edenche Akogwu, in the Kano conflict, urging all media establishments in the country to devise better means of protecting their staff.

He said it was necessary to work out better insurance policies for their reporters so that their families would benefit in case the staff lose their lives in the course of duty.

The veteran journalist also condemned “the letargic attitude of federal authorities over security reports across the country.”

He appealed that henceforth, government and its security apparati should handle warnings and intelligence tip off with dispatch, adding: “A stitch in time saves nine.”




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