The Niger State Governor said this on Saturday.
He made the call on Saturday in Minna, at the 24th Forum of Speakers of the 19 Northern States.
“The President needs to be supported and encouraged by all Nigerians to succeed in the effort aimed at finding solution to the insecurity challenges bedevilling the nation,” the governor said.
He said amnesty was a good step toward resolving the insecurity and stressed the need to explore other avenues.
The governor said there might be international dimensions to the issues of Boko Haram and urged the relevant authorities to look into that aspect.
Mr. Aliyu identified child abuse as a major problem in the north, adding that the almajiri education must be integrated into formal school system.
He urged the speakers to go back to their various constituencies and articulate development plans for education, security, agriculture and health services.
The Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Adamu Usman, also urged his colleagues to give priority to passage of bills that would boost development.
Mr. Usman commended President Goodluck Jonathan for setting up the committee on amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents.
“The setting up an amnesty committee to look into the underlying issues and process that the amnesty should be undertaken, is a welcome development. But at least the door has been opened for discussion between them and the government which goes to confirm that they are not ghosts.
“I consider this move a nationalist response to preserve all we have struggled to build together as a country as we mark the centenary of the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914. I therefore join all well meaning Nigerians to applaud the president’s courage to demonstrate the nationalist fervour of stopping parts of Nigeria from becoming theatres of violence and proving critics wrong that Nigeria is becoming a failed state,” he said.
He said the legislature could not fold its arm and watch the carnage, especially as it affected Borno, Yobe, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau where many Nigerians were being killed in their prime ages.
Usman said the president’s action had proved that democracy provided ample opportunities of resolving crisis and urged his colleagues to support the amnesty plan in the interest of the region.
He said the legislature in the state had passed 23 bills, while seven others were at various stages before committees, to provide better services to the people.
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