APC to Boko Haram: Lay Down Your Arms, Embrace Dialogue

APC 600The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called Boko Haram to immediately cease all attacks and embrace dialogue in the interest of national peace and security, following what undoubtedly a resurgence of deadly attacks believed to be perpetrated by the sect.

In a statement issued in Warri Monday by Interim National Publicity, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party strongly condemned the latest of such attacks that left many students of the College of Agriculture in Yobe dead and injured Sunday, calling the killings dastardly, senseless and indefensible.

It called on traditional, religious, and opinion leaders in the affected areas to intervene urgently to end the cycle of violence being perpetrated by the sect.

”It clear that this Boko Haram menace cannot be resolved by the government alone, hence all stakeholders must urgently intervene to complement government’s efforts to end the insurgency and get those behind it to embrace dialogue.

”There can be no justification for Boko Haram to continue to kill and maim innocent citizens, especially because the victims are not just fellow Nigerians like them, most are actually their kith and kin,” APC said.

The party described the continued violence by the sect as inexcusable, especially at a time government has offered an Olive Branch by setting up a to dialogue the sect.

”We in the APC have been unrelenting in our advocacy for dialogue as a way of ending the insurgency. Fortunately, the government has also embraced dialogue, after initially resisting it as an option.

”Boko Haram should remember that they are not fighting an external war, and that their grievances, whatever they are, can never be resolved by continued killing, maiming and plundering. They must therefore put an immediate end to their cycle of violence and opt for dialogue. The this violence continues, the more difficult it becomes to resolve. Enough enough!” it said.

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