Leadership (Abuja)

3 February 2013

Nigeria: Boko Haram Ceasefire - FG to Assist Borno

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to the restoration of peace in Borno State where members of the Boko Haram sect have been launching bomb attacks and other forms of violence against civilians and security personnel.

Vice President Namadi Samboduring an official one day visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday, said President Goodluck Jonathan was determined to ensure that total peace and normalcy is restored in the state.

According to Sambo, the federal government was consulting on the most suitable approach to the peace process.

"With the current efforts of the government and good people of Borno State to broker peace and to ensure peaceful co-existence, I assure you that the federal government is consulting on the best approach to the peace process. We are happy with this development and we are glad that the ceasefire offer is coming at a time when all hands must be on deck to address safety and security challenges toward a peaceful and prosperous nation," the vice president stated

The Vice President who spoke at the Government House, Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, when he visited Governor Kashim Shettima, expressed delight with the improved security situation in the state and commended the resilience of the State government, the people of the state and the security agencies on the achievement.

Sambo said: "Borno State is noted for peaceful co-existence. We are glad to note that life is gradually returning to normalcy. I want to seize this opportunity to assure you that we hold all our brothers and sisters in Borno State with high esteem."

He condoled with the people over the loss of life and property due to the unfortunate incidences as well as commiserated with the victims of last year's flood disaster in the state.

A visibly elated Governor Shettima commended the federal government over its efforts at restoring peace in the historic state and attributed the security challenges in the state to poverty and social exclusivity.

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