Kaduna — Minister of Special duties and Chairman, Presidential Committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of the crisis in the North, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki said yesterday in Kaduna that the deal reached between his committee and Boko Haram field commanders was established through trust and confidence.
Turaki stated this during a meeting with the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). He said they met with all the filed commanders of the Boko Haram sect in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states who ordered all followers of Mohammed Yusuf to accept the dialogue.
Turaki could not confirm whether the leader of the Boko Haram Sect Abubakar Shekau was dead as claimed by the Joint Task Force (JTF).
"The last video we showed was as a result of the confidence and trust the Boko Haram field commanders repose on us which led to the acceptance of dialogue. When we were given the responsibilities, our fear was that some people had made efforts but failed," he said.
"We first interacted with the top security chiefs in the country and other stakeholders before moving to the states. We interacted with allergies and other groups including the victims. At the scenes of the incidents, we inform them that government was doing everything possible to help them to get their lives back on tract," he said.
The minister slammed some Northerners who claimed to have links with the sect but refrained to work with the committee.
ACF Board of Trustee (BOT) chairman Gen Jeremiah Oseni (rtd) called on the federal government not to abandon the volunteering youths supporting the JTF in restoring peace in the North-East.
"We are satisfied with the members of the committee because they are reputable people. In spite of criticism from every quarter the committee is doing well because the release of women and children was a wonderful effort and ACF have given its full support," Oseni added.