The Presidency has described the rejection by Dr Datti Ahmed and Comrade Shehu Sani of their inclusion in the newly constituted Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North as a ‘grandstanding and negativity” that won’t resolve the Boko Haram insurgency.
Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in an interview monitored in Abuja on Thursday, argued that it was more of grandstanding if those found to be eminently qualified to contribute to ending the sect’s violence were “invited by the President and the best they could do is to reject the offer.”
It would be recalled that Sani, who is the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Congress, first rejected the appointment saying he was not consulted but went ahead to suggest the names of three persons whom he felt would make the assignment a success.
But in its reaction, the Presidency faulted Sani’s argument that the committee would fail in its assignment because some persons were not included noting that such an excuse was not tenable.
Abati said the best thing the rights activist ought to have done was to accept the invitation to serve and then make the names of persons the committee could talk to available to his co-members.
Abati was however optimistic that the present administration would succeed in its quest to restore peace to the country.