Friday, 5 April 2013

boko haram: pdp tasks northern leaders to pursue peace

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The PDP leadership has called on Northern leaders  to take advantage of the presidential initiative to grant amnesty to the Boko Haram sect, to pursue peace in the region.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for constituting the Amnesty Committee on the Boko Haram insurgency, and said that the action showed the president’s humility.

PDP image maker said that the move showed the Jonathan’s commitment to “carry all Nigerians along in all his actions according to the tenets of democracy”.

“We, therefore, call on the leaders of the North to take advantage of the president’s initiative and pursue peace so as to return the entire North to its lost glory.’’

He described the president’s action, as yet another demonstration of his sincerity and forthrightness in handling national issues.

Metuh said that the president had by the action, showed that he was a listening leader and that the unity of the country was paramount to him.

This, the PDP spokesman said, was in line with the vision of the founding fathers of the nation, adding that it was the best decision at the moment.

Metuh expressed optimism that it would yield the desired results and enhance the unity of the nation pointing out that PDP was committed to enhancing peace in the country, the North especially.

Metuh also said that the party was committed to returning “the Northern region to its lost glory as the hub of unity, investment and trade in the country and the West African sub-region”.

“It is on record that the North is the most receptive region in the country. Indeed, there is no part of the country that is more accommodating than the north.’’

He added that the North had always been home to all people irrespective of religious creed and tribal affiliations. (NAN)

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