The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has declared its support for the ceasefire announced by the federal government between the government and the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Northern Nigerian socio-cultural group said the ceasefire is a welcome development considering the huge loss of lives and property caused by the insurgency.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, the group said the ceasefire should also lead to a return to normalcy in affected areas.
“In order to demonstrate the sincerity of this cease fire agreement by Government and the Boko Haram insurgents, ACF and indeed all Nigerians would want to see the process of returning all seized territories of Nigeria by the Boko Haram and the restoration of normalcy in all affected areas implemented as soon as possible,” it said. “Furthermore, all displaced persons in the rehabilitation camps should be encouraged and assisted to return to their homes.”
In the case of the kidnapped Chibok girls, the ACF said “it is heart warming to hear that they are safe and in good health.”
It asked that the process of their release be fast tracked “in order to gladden the hearts of their parents and all Nigerians that have been in terrible anxiety and trauma over their safety and state of health.”
The Nigerian government had on Friday announced that it had secured a ceasefire with the group in negotiations held in Saudi Arabia but brokered by officials of Chad.
The Boko Haram has caused the death of over 13,000 people since its insurgency began in 2009.