As the committee’s rational incompetence was brought to fore at the weekend when Boko Haram leader Ibrahim Shekau denied the truce purportedly reached with the government through the Tanimu Turaki-led Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, the Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday asked the Federal Government to disband the committee immediately.
According to the association, the committee was deceiving Nigerians by claiming that the government had reached a ceasefire deal with members of the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. It said with the claim of of “no deal” by the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, on Saturday, the committee had failed in its duty and therefore had no reason to remain in place.
CAN’s National General Secretary, Dr. Musa Asake, also flayed the body which is better known as the amnesty committee and challenged it to name the Boko Haram leaders it reached the said ceasefire with.
Asake, told The PUNCH that with what was going on, “somebody somewhere is trying to mislead Nigerians.”
Asake said, “What is happening between the Federal Government’s committee and the denial by Boko Haram is amazing and we are yet to know the truth about what is going on.
“With this ceasefire agreement which the committee is emphasising on, they should tell Nigerians who they have been talking to because it seems they are out to mislead us. Journalists should find out from the committee so that they can tell Nigerians the truth.
“We want these Boko Haram people to come out and nobody has been able to come out. So, this committee should tell us who they have been dialoguing with.Nigerians will like to know the truth about the activities of this committee.”
Turaki, who is also the Minister of Special Duties, had a week ago said the committee had “reached an understanding” with the sect that would result in a ceasefire.
But the Northern CAN, at a news conference in Kaduna on Sunday by its Public Relations Officer Mr. Sunday Oibe, said Shekau’s denial was a pointer to the fact that the committee had never met with even an ordinary member of the group much less of its leader or leaders.
“We are calling for the immediate disbandment of the amnesty committee. All money that would be squandered on the committee should be put into supporting the Joint Task Force and vulnerable communities in affected states. Enough of this jamboree with scarce public fund. We have heard enough of this hypocrisy.
“There can be no amnesty for unrepentant murderers and insurgents without reconciliation with the victims, and then negotiation. As Christians, forgiveness comes very naturally as taught us by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Just as our national body had warned that the amnesty committee was useless, now it has lied to Nigerians for want of any result.
“If you happen to meet some of the committee’s members,they will confess to you in privacy that they have never met any foot soldier of Boko Haram.
“The pronouncement by Shekau has come to vindicate CAN and our national leader, Pastor Ayo Oristejiafor. He was criticised when he said that he did not have confidence in the questionable announcement of a ceasefire between the Federal Government and Boko Haram.
“Today, Boko Haram number one man has come to speak with scorn and contempt against the ceasefire agreement and the said feeling of remorse over their thirst for the blood of Christians and some few Muslims who go against their interest.
“Shekau said that more schools and more people will be killed for learning and teaching Western education in schools in the North. He is the real Boko Haram boss and his threat must be taken seriously.
“We in Northern CAN believe that the amnesty committee is useless and has failed. It lied to Nigerians about this ceasefire just to fool President Goodluck Jonathan to expand its tenure so they can grab more money.
“All those giving the President this unwise advice are either doing it for self-serving reasons or are trying to deceive him into a blunder that will not only destroy him politically, but jeopardise the polity,” Oibe said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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