Northern delegates to the ongoing National Conference have welcomed the intervention of the United States and the United Kingdom in the move to rescue the remaining school girls abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State.
They slammed the federal and state authorities for their lackadaisical attitude towards salvaging the security situation in the country.
The Northern delegates said that the news of the agreement between the president and governors to join forces to defeat the insurgency came to them as a surprise.
In a statement issued by their spokesman, Mr. Anthony AZ Sanni, the delegates nevertheless called on the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents to release the girls, saying it was irrational to hold women or girls as victims in any conflict.
In a statement, Sani said that the Northern Delegates Forum is “happy to read reports that USA and UK have decided to lend Nigeria their helping hands in the spirited efforts to rescue the abducted girls. That is how it should be, since terrorism transcends national boundaries.”
While calling on the abductors to release the girls, the forum said: “This is because there is no conflict in the world, be it secular or religious, that allows women and children to be victims. More so that violence has never resolved any perceived grievance. Only constructive dialogue does. So let us embrace civilized way of resolving perceived differences rather than resort to violence that is often unhelpful because it offends many people’s sense of justice.”
The forum welcomed the news of the agreement between the president and the governors, saying, “The recent reports that Mr. President and state governors have resolved to come together to put an end to security challenges across the country, though heartening, have come to Nigerians and northern delegates as a surprise. A surprise in the sense that it took them so long to realize that the primary responsibility of government is to protect lives and property of the people.”