Traditional rulers from the northern part of the country met yesterday night with President Goodluck Jonathan behind closed doors where they presented a position paper on how they believed the activities of Boko Haram can be checked.
The northern leaders were led to the meeting by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III and included the Shehu of Borno, Tor TiV, Gbong Gwom Jos, Emir of Bauchi, Emir of Lafia and Ona of Abaji.
Others include, Emir of Gwandu, Lamido of Adamawa, Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Emir of Borgu, Etsu Nupe, Aku Uka of Wukari, Shehu of Borno, Emir of Fika, and Emir of Bauchi.
Jonathan was joined at the meeting by Vice President Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim; Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, Minister of FCT Bala Mohammed; Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Boni Aji and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.)
Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Emir of Kazaure, Alhaji Najeem Hussein Adamu said the traditional rulers presented what they think was the way out of the insurgency.
According to him, "the meeting was about the state of the nation, the security challenges we are facing. We sought the appointment and the opportunity for the President to know our views about the security situation and how to go about resolving the crisis.
"We recommended the use of dialogue as one of the strategies to resolve the security challenge and at the same time to devise strategies that will encourage or lay the foundation for sustainable peace in this country.
"Our presentation was preceded by discussion and deliberation. In a nutshell, what we sought to do is to give our views having regards to our background, our knowledge of various societies, various communities what we think should be done to resolve the crisis and ensure sustainable peace in the country.
"The issue of amnesty came up, it formed part of the strategies we are recommending but of course it has to be done properly with better appreciation of the situation rather than haphazardly which people think should be the case.
"We believe that we have to give very serious consideration and make sure that whatever we do is sustainable" he said.
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who also attended the meeting said the traditional rulers met with the President with a position paper of what they believe should be how the President should handle the security situation especially in the Northern part of the country.
"The issues raised in the paper concerned the ongoing efforts by the Federal Government, particularly on the security challenge. The Sultan and all the traditional rulers commended the President for his patience and handling of the insurgency in the north in the last two years and particularly also commended him for handling the situation in such a way that it has not been seen as if the insurgency is being instigated by people who don't like him or religious community in the country.
"They said the President's mature handling has saved the situation in the country despite the various security incidents we have seen in the northern part of the country