The committee is yet to meet with the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, met with members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North.
According to the chairman of the committee, Karibu Turaki, the meeting was at the instance of the committee who after speaking with different stakeholders and Boko Haram members, thought it fit to ask the President some questions on the position of the government.
“We feel that having interacted with most of the security agencies; we have come to the critical stage where we also need to hear what the government’s side is. That was what we came to discuss with Mr. President,” he said.
Mr. Turaki referred to the committee’s meeting with the President as “very frank and very fruitful.”
“I can assure you and indeed Nigerians that the committee is more enriched to face the challenges that is ahead of us,” he said.
He also said that there a lot of dimensions to the spate of insecurity in the country but added that recent events have, nevertheless, “not derailed our resoluteness, resolution and desire and intention to make sure we get to the root of this problem.”
The committee, had last week, visited and dialogued with some members of the Boko Haram who were being held at the Kuje Minimum prison in Abuja including Kabiru Sokoto, the alleged mastermind of the Christmas Day bombing in Niger State.
Mr. Turaki, who is also the Minister of Special Duties, however, said that the committee was yet to meet with the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. He criticised the recent video released by Mr. Shekau showing women and children who are being held hostage, saying that this was not an indication that the group was disposed to settlement or dialogue.
Still, he maintained that “the most fundamental thing is, from my own understanding, that the Jama’a people (Boko Haram) are not averse to dialogue and settlement of the dispute, sitting down to discuss.”
Saying that it was not in the best interest of the process to disclose when, where and how they will meet with the Boko Haram members, he assured that the committee will always be open as much as possible to members of the public and the press- both “major stakeholders of this process.”
Speaking on the three-months time frame given to the committee to constructively engage key members of Boko Haram and define a comprehensive and workable framework for resolving the crisis of insecurity in the country, Mr. Turaki said what they have done so far is lay the foundation to avoid any future problems, adding that the committee was still on course.
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