13 December 2012

Nigeria: Akinyuli Calls for Dialogue With Boko Haram

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AFtermath of Kaduna church blast

A former Minister of Information, Prof Dora Akunyili, has stressed the need for the Federal Government to dialogue with members of Boko Haram to foster peace and security in Nigeria.

Akunyili made the call in Benin on Thursday in a lecture she delivered at the 8th Convocation of Benson Idahosa University.

In her lecture, entitled: "Quest for Security and National Integration: The Hope for Nigeria", Akunyili said that dialogue with aggrieved parties would enhance peaceful co-existence in the country.

"I am for dialogue with all aggrieved parties, no matter the group. I believe that problems are better solved through dialogue than through violence.

"I believe that the problems of Boko Haram would be solved faster if we embrace dialogue no matter how painful and humiliating this may appear," she said.

Akunyili, a former Director-General, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, called for synergy between the three tiers of government to achieve peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.

She also stressed the need for cooperation among the security agencies, reformation of the judiciary and police to achieve peaceful co-existence.

To curtail restiveness amongst Nigerian youths, she urged the three tiers of government to explore strategies to create job opportunities for them.

She also advocated for the teaching of "a unified vernacular language" in all primary schools in Nigeria to enhance unity.

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