24 April 2013

Nigeria: FG Nominates New Member for Boko Haram Amnesty Panel

President Goodluck Jonathan has also approved the inclusion of Barrister Aisha Wakil as a member of the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said in a statement yesterday.

The committee, raised last week, is saddled with the responsibility of identifying and constructively engaging key leaders of Boko Haram and developing a workable framework for amnesty and disarmament of members of the group.

Abati said the inauguration by Jonathan panel and the Committee on Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons originally scheduled for 10am today has been brought forward to 9am.

He said the inauguration of both committees would take place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa as earlier announced.

Abati said all members of both committees are expected to be seated by 8:30am in readiness for the prompt commencement of the inauguration at 9:00 am.

"Members of the committees who reside outside the Federal Capital Territory are advised to arrive in Abuja today (yesterday) ahead of tomorrow's inauguration. On arrival in Abuja, they may contact Mrs Esther Gonda, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for further information and logistics support. Mrs Gonda can be reached on +2348033094325," Abati said.

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