Former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has appealed to members of Boko Haram sect to yield grounds in the name Allah, and accept the amnesty offer being planned by the Federal Government.
The former Anti – corruption Czar also urged the Federal Government not be discouraged by the stance of the militant Boko Haram sect on Amnesty but to persevere in its peace moves towards making the group to lay down their arms.
Ribadu, who spoke in Ikenne home of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo on Saturday while fielding questions from reporters, noted that the Boko Haram insurgence in parts of the North in the last couple of years had cost the country fortunes in diverse areas.Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The former EFCC boss was accompanied Ikenne by the former Aviation Minsiter, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and former Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alh. Aliyu Moddibo, to the matriarch of Awolowo family, Chief (Mrs) Hannah Idowu Dideolu(HID) to commiserate with her on the death of her son, Evangelist Oluwole Awolowo.
He said dialogue with members of the sect would bring much sought hope putting an end to the spate of killings and destruction from the sect.
Ribadu said: “it is very sad when I heard that the Boko Haram sect rejected the amnesty offer, but that does not mean that government should totally relent in the move. Personally, my view from the onset is we should pursue the direction of dialogue and not closing any door against peace.
“From now, the feelers and body language of the sect is not encouraging, but that does not mean that we should abandon or give up. We should pursue the direction of peace.
“I urged the Federal Government to continue in the line and direction of looking for a way of addressing and stopping this carnage and bloodbath. Even if means pursuing dialogue, even if there are stumbling blocks on the way, it is not to give up.”
According to him, the Islamist sect were not doing the nation any good by shedding blood of innocent people at will in a country where the act of terrorism is not acceptable and tolerable.
He urged the sect to take cognisance of the fact that no meaningful could be achieved in an atmosphere of violence and blood-letting.
” I am also making a direct appeal to those who are involved to know that they are destroying their own people. They must understand that it has not worked anywhere in the world and it will not work in Nigeria. What do they want to gain from this senseless killing. In the name of God let them stop,” Ribadu stated.
Ribadu in condoling with Mama HID all left behind by the late Oluwole, he described the deceased’s death as a painful loss and urged the family to accept it as an act of God.