Nigeria: Group Warns Against Use of Force To Tackle Boko Haram

A non-governmental peer pressure group, the Nigerian Youth Leadership Advocacy Group, NYLAG, last weekend, cautioned the Federal Government against using force to tackle the Boko Haram sect.

Its National Coordinator, Mr Onyekachi Eze, NYLAG, signed a statement in Lagos, which states that the best option for resolving the Boko Haram issue was through dialogue.

The statement reads, “We wish to appeal to government to discountenance calls in some quarters for a confrontation with the sect because there will be innocent casualties.

“As a nation, our priority should be to ensure that in tackling the sect, no more innocent lives would be lost.”

It recommended a need for a roundtable between representatives of the sect and the Federal Government.

“What government should do is to continue to seek ways of getting members of the sect to give up arms and then grant them amnesty,” it said.

“A lot can still be done now and quickly to contain the activities of the sect, using dialogue, before they’ll constitute a dangerous distortion to national unity.

The NYLAG also mentioned that the Boko Haram sect’s emergence and its obvious expansion is attributable to poverty and unemployment, saying the government must first endeavor to provide adequate employment that will keep the youths meaningfully engaged.

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