The former Information Minister said the Nigerian government should pay more attention to the insurgency.
The Northern Economic Summit Group, also known as G-20, has called for the adoption of the Niger Delta model to bring an end to the insurgency bedeviling the northern part of the country.
The Chairman of G20 and former Information Minister, Jerry Gana, who gave the advice Tuesday at a press conference in Abuja, said, “As was the case in the resolution of the Niger Delta crisis, we urge trustworthy elders to initiate reliable contacts with leaders of militant groups in the North with a view to achieving peace.
“Conferences and negotiations with government, and the emergence of authentic leaders will greatly facilitate meaningful dialogue towards the granting of Amnesty and eventual peace.”
Mr. Gana also advised the government, at all levels, to pay more attention to the insurgency with a view to finding a lasting solution.
“Since security and welfare of the people is the primary purpose of government, we urge both the federal and state governments to pay greater attention to the resolution of security challenges facing the North. Since our people live in communities, we call for the restoration of community governance and genuine dialogue for peace and harmony,” he added.
Mr. Gana, who chairs the G-20, made up of leaders in 19 northern states and Abuja, appealed to the Northern leaders and governors to use all their resources to end the menace and restore the desired peace to the North.
He also stated that the call for amnesty cannot be granted to faceless persons in absentia otherwise, more groups will be formed later. That is why, he said, the G20 is in touch with Northern youth and religious leaders.
“We are constantly in touch with security agencies, peace must return to the North,” Mr. Gana said.
Mr. Gana however, warned that whenever dialogue with any group is initiated, it must not be turned into an avenue for making money.
Mr. Gana also announced June 6 as the date for the 2nd Northern Economic Summit to be held in Kaduna.