Take A Stand Against Boko Haram, Ex-US Diplomat Tells FG

Former United State’s Assistant Secretary of States, Mr. James Rubin has advised the Federal Government to take a decisive stand to end terrorist activities of the Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

Rubin gave the advise yesterday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State at an Energy Environment and Investment forum organised by the Rivers State Government, noting that there was an urgent need for the government to take a firm position on the ugly situation.

According to him, Nigeria was going through the “second generation of terrorism in the world,” steps should therefore be taken to wipe it out if the country was to enjoy investors confidence.

He noted that so far, the government had been flirting with different approaches on how to tackle the challenge, noting that it was high time it decided on what to do.

“Either the government or another one makes a decision to confront the situation. One day it is amnesty, another day it is military operation. Then you talk about assistance from outside.

“I say this as a friend. What you are going through is the second generation of terrorism in the world. Most countries have gone through it. Please do not wait for the next level. I say this as a friend.”

Former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Zapatero on his part, called for collective effort to make democracy succeed in Africa, adding that no culture or religion should be seen as superior to the other.

He condemned acts of terrorism in the continent, saying that the rule of law and respect for rights was the needed instruments for a healthy democratic setting.

Zapatero said that Nigeria had the capacity of being among top economies in the world by 2020, stressing that only in a democracy would there be peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic setting.

“Only in a democracy can there be peaceful living among the various ethnic groups. Democracy and political equality is the instrument to unite people.”

Former President of Ghana, Mr. John Koffuor, who gave the keynote address on Sustainable Energy the Key to Africa’s investment, called on Africa countries to invest in technology that would end gas flaring in the continent.

He charged African leaders to promote rule of law, respect for constitutional rights and also fight against corruption, while urging governments in the region to pursue solar energy development.

“Africa should follow China and Americans in the area of energy development,” he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, the host, Governor Rotimi Amaechi spoke extensively on the effort of his administration in the development of the power sector, describing energy as the bond between development in the different spheres of society.

“Energy is the bond that connects economic, social, and environmental development.

“It is a launching pad for economic growth and plays a pivotal role in any attempt to achieve sustainable development. No country can successfully reduce poverty without adequately addressing its energy needs,” he said.