Nigerians should pray for Boko Haram to accept dialogue- Abdulsalami Abubakar

Ex-Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar

Mr. Abubakar urged the sect members to embrace dialogue.

A former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Tuesday urged members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace dialogue.

Mr. Abubakar gave the charge when the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenge in the North visited him at his residence in Minna.

He appealed to the sect members to meet the committee to discuss their grievances, saying that dialogue was the only out.

“I implore Nigerians to pray for the sect members to have a change of heart and accept dialogue to discuss their grievances and seek peace.

“If you go to the North, especially Borno and Yobe where this is happening, you will weep. Women have turned widows and children orphans, while other people are separated from one another.

“In the name of their conscience, in the name of Allah which they profess, they should lay down their arms and embrace dialogue to end the violence.

“Violence doesn’t solve problem, you must come to the table, without doing that your grievances are meaningless.”

Mr. Abubakar also advised the committee to thread with caution, saying, “The eyes of the whole world are on you to see what you can do and what you can come up with”.

He described the carnage going on in the North as senseless, appealing to the committee not to allow the Federal Government to punish sect members who turned themselves in.

“The unemployed, but educated youths are a threat to peace in any society, while government cannot employ everybody, we must create the right environment for them to thrive,” Mr. Abubakar stated.

The Chairman of the committee, Kabiru Turaki, urged Mr. Abubakar to persuade leaders of the sect to come out and dialogue with the committee.

(NAN)


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  • MALLAM SHEHU

    WHY BEGGING THEM TO DIALOGUE? IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO ACCEPT DIALOGUE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE CLEAR AND DEFINITE GRIEVANCE. THEY ARE TERRORIST AND THEIR GOAL IS TO TERRORIZE PEOPLE. FIRST, THEY SAID THEY WERE AGAINST CORRUPT LEADERS, THEN THEY CHANGED AND DEMANDED A MUSLIM STATE, THAT DEMAND CHANGED TO MUSLIM COUNTRY, THEY WANT THE WHOLE COUNTRY TO TURN MUSLIM. THEY LATER CHANGED THEIR DEMAND AND SAID THEY WANT JONATHAN TO CONVERT TO ISLAM. OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE NO CLEAR GRIEVANCE OR DEMAND – THEY ARE TERRORIST.

  • malam

    Mr. General sir… Nobody dialogues with terrorists. the are fished out and terminated. But we will obey u nd pray for them. ” We pray they neva repent so they’ll all be killed soon and their sponsors”. Amen…

  • Ndidi

    If we will at all pray for Boko Haram, it will be that God may have mercy on them, and make them Christians. Then they will renewed and will themselves renounce violence. But for me, my main prayer is that God will rid Nigeria and all Africa of these Islamic terrorists.

  • yusuf

    Life for life is a popular judgement in most faith, if you kill you shall be killed.
    This people are killing innocent lives, they only need our prayer if they repent from killing and they are not caught, but in as far as Nigerians are concerned they should not be treated with mercy because they are merciless.
    They don’t have a clear and evidence grievance or any sense of direction, just as the first writer wrote.
    Point of correction my sister they are not Islamic or Muslims they are ENEMIES of Islam and Muslims who are acting to destroy what Allah’ has planed for his servants. “They are nothing but devils advocates”…

  • Fear God

    I am disapointed at this ever call for prayers in nigeria on issues that are very straight forward. BH are Global Terrorists with blood in their hands who should be hunted down and eliminated, and someone is talking of prayer to enable them change their heart and embrace peace. RUBBISH. If it is to repent and accept Jesus i would have no scrupples, but if it is for the purpose of amnesty, they shot be identified one by one along with their sponsor and qiuckly dispatched to hell to marry the 70 virgins islam has promised them