Boko Haram: Abdulsalami renews call for dialogue

A former Head of State, Gen. Abubakar Abdusalami (retd.),
has renewed the call for dialogue to solve the Boko Haram
insurgency in Nigeria.
He spoke in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday while inaugurating the
Administrative block of the School of Nursing, Ekiti State
UniversityTeaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, built by Governor
Kayode Fayemi.
Lamenting that insurgency had claimed many lives with
properties destroyed, he said dialogue was still a veritable
tool under this circumstance.
He also advised politicians across party lines to imbibe the
culture of peace to prevent the country’s democracy from
being aborted in the 2015 general elections.
He said, “As someone who was privileged to survive the civil
war and saw our country return to democracy, I am troubled
by the challenges currently confronting our country.
“Never in history has our country been subjected to this kind
of bloodletting and disrespect for the sanctity of human
lives. There had been cruel murder and slaughtering of
children as well as women, who are innocent .
“As events of recent killings clearly show that no one is safe,
no place is safe and no time is safe. The security problem in
the country is very severe and needed all of us to search for
solution . We must dispassionately understand the
problems , so that we can work at the roots of them to
proffer solution.
“We must therefore cooperate and all hands must be on
deck to find solution to the crisis. We should not be looking
for victory , solution should be the goal.”
Abdulsalami said government at all levels, the people at the
crisis zone, security personnel and all aggrieved parties
must dialogue and listen to one another for the sake of our
future and our children.
“We must honestly look at the real issues involved and take
immediate actions promptly. It must be accepted that
dialogue is still a veritable tool under this circumstance,” he
advised.
Fayemi, while speaking at the event said the huge
investment of his government in the health sector was
targeted at banishing poverty in the state.
“I have always believed in the age long axiom that health is
wealth,” the governor said.
Fayemi said he had sponsored good number of the
vulnerable groups and those with complicated health
situations abroad for robust medical treatment, particularly
kidney transplant and other organic ailments, urging the
incoming government to consolidate on this lofty feat in the
interest of all.

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