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Saturday, 13 April 2013

I Cannot Blame Anyone For Boko Haram Insurgency – IBB

ibbFormer Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has said that amnesty for members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect is part of the solution to end the present security challenges even as he stated that the elite and the government should share the blame in allowing the situation to escalate.
IBB who was speaking with journalists in Minna Thursday, noted that though the detail of the terms of amnesty for the committee to be set up by the Federal Government was not yet out, the amnesty programme would help to solve the security challenges.
IBB said, “I do not know the terms of reference of the committee; therefore, I cannot speak about the plan until the terms of reference had been released.”
According to him, “the problem did not start in one day but it was a gradual thing before it came to this level owing to negligence by the government, the elite and the people, but I cannot blame anyone”.
“Some 20 years ago, we did not have this problem. What was the state of things then? What have we forgotten that we have not done that led to the present challenges? This is what we have to look at too,” he added.
He stated that every Nigerian has a role to play in making sure the challenges were overcome. “If we all come together – elite, the media, the ordinary people and the government – by taking a common stand just as the people of Azare in Bauchi did to tackle their security challenges, the  challenges would be overcome” IBB declared.

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