New National Security Adviser Promises To Stop Boko Haram Menace Before Ramadan.

Posted: June 29, 2012 in Politics

The new national security adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), stated yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to ensuring that peace and normalcy is restored in the country, before the Ramadan fast commences.
Speaking when he visited Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, Dasuki added that his visit to the state was to engage with stakeholders and the government with a view to hearing from them on ways of addressing the security problems.
Dasuki’s visit to Yobe is the first by a highly placed federal government official to the state amid rising insurgencies in the state.
The new NSA also sought the support of royal fathers.
He said: “If one considers the colossal loss these confrontations cause due to the unconventional methods of the insurgents, the option of resolution through dialogue and negotiation should be pursued as a priority.
“Government is committed to bringing an end to the security challenges and there is the need to put heads together to bring an end to the situation as we want to go back to normalcy and move forward.”
Dasuki said that there would be no development, employment and progress in the face of violence.
“I do not see how anybody is benefiting out of this.’’
He commiserated with the government and people of Yobe State over recent security breaches which led to loss of lives and property.
Yobe State governor Ibrahim Gaidam, for his part, appealed to the federal government to deploy more troops to the state, saying the current security challenges that the state faces require even more robust efforts to address it.
He also refuted insinuations that the situation in Yobe was an attack by the Muslims against the Christians.
He said: “The attacks cut across all religious inclinations with churches as well as public buildings like schools including Islamiyyah (Islamic school) and government vehicles being destroyed.  Furthermore, most of the innocent lives lost were from the majority Muslim population of the state.”
The governor commended President Jonathan for taking wide-ranging measures to tackle insecurity in the state and other parts of the north, including the appointment of a new national security adviser to coordinate and advance effort to restore peace and security.
“There is a clear change of strategy in the fight against insecurity as promised by Mr. President.  There is an indication that our hopes, pride and dignity as citizens of this great country would be restored,” Gaidam said.
Gaidam also commended the Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the state for its unwavering effort at ensuring the safety and security of people’s lives and property.
The governor noted that the Yobe State government supports “dialogue and negotiation” with the Boko Haram group but this should be pursued “to the extent that the insurgents are willing to accept to negotiate and dialogue”.
He urged the people of the state and other Nigerians to disregard rumours and continue to pray for restoration of peace and cooperate with security agencies in their efforts towards bringing back normalcy and peace in the state and the nation at large

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