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Boko Haram: Council Of State Vows To End Terrorism By December

Nigeria’s Federal Government
held another Council of State
meeting on Thursday, where
the country’s present and past
leaders resolved to support
President Goodluck Jonathan
to ensure that the current
spate of terrorism in some
parts of the country ends
before December.

Also top of the agenda in the
meeting was the issue of
registration and deportation
of non-indigenes from some
State in the country.

The meeting, therefore,
resolved to put an end to all
discriminatory practices, as
well as different school fees
for indigenes and non-
indigenes in states-owned
institutions among others.

The council presided over by
Jonathan has the Vice
President, President of the
Senate, Speaker of the House
of Representatives, all former
Heads of State, all former
Chief Justices of Nigeria and
all state governors as

All former Heads of State,
except former President
Olusegun Obasanjo and Maj-
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari
(retd.) attended the
emergency meeting. President
of the Senate, David Mark,
was also absent.

The Council set up a six-
member committee saddled
with the responsibility of
further identifying other
discriminatory practices across
the country.
The committee which has two
months to submit its report,
according to him, has
governors of Niger, Sokoto,
Enugu, Gombe, Akwa Ibom
and Ondo States as members.
Governors Godswill Akpabio
(Akwa Ibom), Babangida Aliyu
(Niger), Sullivan Chime
(Enugu) and the National
Security Adviser, Col. Sambo
Dasuki (retd.) briefed State
House correspondents at the
end of the meeting.

Aliyu said it was the resolution
of council members that all
hands must be on the deck to
end insurgency in parts of the

He said they would work hard
to ensure that the predictions
by some foreigners that
Nigeria would cease to exist as
a united body beyond 2015
remained a wishful thinking.
The governor added that the
council observed that leaders,
particularly politicians
remained the only threats to
the country and democracy.

He said a collective decision
was taken to stop the
inflammatory statements
always attributed to
He said, “More fundamental
of the issues is the bucks
stopping with the leadership.
In fact, it came to the fore
that if there is any threat to
either the state or democracy
probably the threat is coming
from politicians and from
leaders of the country.

“We must understand the
boundaries of leadership and
also the responsibilities that
are involved. Leadership is not
about beauty contest.
“In leadership, you must take
difficult decisions and really
go about implementing them.
So, all the things came to the
fore at the meeting and
subsequently, each of us
made it a deliberate
resolution to all be bi-partisan
or non-partisan to support
the President to make sure
that we get rid of this
insurgency and indeed
suggesting that before

The governor said there was
nothing religious or Islamic
about the activities of the
dreaded Boko Haram sect.
He said the important thing
was for adherents of religions
to respect the rights of
adherents of other religions
aside from theirs.
On his part, Akpabio said the
council frowned at the
registration of Nigerians in
parts of the country and
directed that the exercise be
stopped forthwith.
He said the ex-leaders
proffered solutions to the
security challenges in the
country while council
members commended security
He said, “Council viewed the
report seriously that some
citizens were being deported;
deportatiom should be from
one country to the other but
where you have a Nigerian
who is being returned to his
state of origin to other states,
then you know there is a
“We felt that that was capable
of disrupting the unity of the
country, making Nigerians to
become apprehensive and
“Also, council frowned at the
idea of even registering
Nigerians in various parts of
the country and felt this must
be brought to an end
“And so we looked at all
these issues and the role
every leader should play from
the local government level to
the federal level. The role
each one of us should play to
ensure that we solidify the
unity of this country.
“We also looked at these
discriminatory practices across
board from all parts of the
country: North, South, West
and the East and we felt all
those issues must be brought
to front burner, solutions
proffer to ensure that
Nigerians are united, live
freely and do their businesses
without hinderance.”
Chime on his part said he saw
commitment to save the
country by both past and
present leaders who attended
the meeting.
He said the willingness to
remain one Nigeria will lead
to the abolition of disclosure
of states of origin.
Rather, he said people would
only be asked to disclose
where they reside.
He said “Those of us who
were around will remember
very well that that was how
the civil war started, we saw
the danger, we said there is
really need for every body to
be sensitised on this. It looks
very innocent now to say well,
I have security concerns, I can
register any body who is not
from here.
“But you don’t think that you
have some people on the
other side, what will you feel
if they have the same
concerns and decide to
register everybody who is not
from there?
“That is not the way the
framers of the constitution
envisaged that the constitution
should be operated.
“That is why this meeting was
held and I am very happy that
there was a lot of
commitment, the governors
who are the main operators,
who are the leaders at that
level are all committed that
this issue is resolved. There a
lot of commitment and
support across party lines by
those who attended”.

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