KADUNA based Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, CRCN, yesterday, criticised the committee set up by the Northern Governors’ Forum to resolve the Boko Haram phenomenon in the North, saying the governors were merely playing to the gallery on the issue.
President of CRCN, Mallam Shehu Sani said the committee set up by the governors would not achieve any useful purpose in the resolution of the Boko Haram crises but rather compound it.
Sani who spoke in a telephone interview with Vanguard said when asked if he would accept to represent the Boko Haram in a dialogue with the Federal Government as being speculated in the media: “If Boko Haram nominates me and the Federal Government appreciates my efforts or contributions, I will accept. It will be my own sacrifice to end the blood letting that has been going on. But if the Federal Government does not recognise my efforts, there is little or nothing one can do.
”The problem, however, is that the Federal Government has been relying on the wrong people for solution to the Boko Haram saga. The Sultan and the Emirs that government thinks can find solutions to the issue are themselves the targets of Boko Haram.
The Federal Government has been relying on people who are targets of Boko Haram and who have no possibility of even travelling to Maiduguri (the stronghold of Boko Haram) in Borno State.
”The NSGF has even compounded the situation by setting up their so-called committee.
”For the governors to be able to resolve the matter, they should visit Maiduguri; meet Boko Haram leaders and possibly hold meetings with them on the way forward.
”The Northerners in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration are also, not working extra-hard to resolve the matter. They still depend on the media.
”People like Governor Babangida Aliyu think they can sit down at Arewa House (in Kaduna) and resolve the issue of Boko Haram; talking to the media.
”If you parade yourself as somebody who can find solution to the problem, you must be able to travel to [their base in] Maiduguri, and see the leaders of Boko Haram; not by simply talking to the media.
”The NSGF should visit Maiduguri, see things for themselves and even hold their meetings there.”