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Activist Shehu Sani rejects appointment

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Rights activist and President of Civil Rights Congress Comrade Shehu Sani last night rejected his nomination by President Goodluck Jonathan as a member of the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North.

He said he was not consulted by the Federal Government before the appointment.

Sani, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “I have formally declined to be a member of the committee.

“The earlier suggestion that I had given that there must be consultation before dialogue still stands.”

Sani, who facilitated initial talks with Boko Haram, also gave a hint that the sect would not listen to the committee. He said: “I do not think the insurgents would accept a committee which they were never consulted on.”

A former Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Prof. Nur Alkali, also reacted to his nomination as a member of the committee. He said: “Well, I have not received any formal communication rather than the announcement in the media and it is not proper to say anything at this stage.

“So far, there is no communication with me, it is what the people have read about in the media and what I have also got to know from the media. The Professor, however, said he will no hesitate to heed the call.

Alkali said: “Certainly if it is a national duty, I will accept.”

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, who was named a a member of the panel, declined to comment on his appointment.

He told The Nation that the time was not ripe for comment, though he was aware that President Jonathan announced the constitution of the committee.

He said: “I have not been briefed and have not seen the list. We have not been inaugurated, therefore, I cannot say anything about it now but I know about it.”


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