Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has backed the decision of President Goodluck Jonathan to release some detainees suspected of terrorist activities saying the move may bring leaders of the Boko Haram sect to the negotiation table.
Making his position known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Isa Umar Gusau, the Governor said:
“I am in the picture of the very welcome development and I look forward to receiving them. It is cheering news for me and the government of Borno State because it will no doubt help in fast tracking the peaceful resolution process which like I have always said, remains the long term solution to the crisis.
“Releasing the detainees will further show the commitment and sincerity of the federal government to the peace negotiation which should attract the sect members to the negotiation table and increase community participation in the process.
“The State Government is dutifully committed to every lawful and reasonable efforts that aims at the return of peace and security of lives and property in Borno, the Northern region and Nigeria in its entirety since no society can achieve any meaningful and steady progress in an atmosphere of violence”