OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
A member of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently put in place a high-powered panel to dialogue with the members of the dreaded Boko Haram group, saying “they are also Nigerians.”
Chief Iwuanyanwu, who celebrated his 75th birthday recently, was honoured on Tuesday in Abuja by the Muslim Students Association of Nigeria (MSSN) as Peace Ambassador, said at his age, he can no longer keep quiet from saying the truth.
“Boko Haram has killed more Muslims than Christians. So, it is not about religion. These people are just enemies of Nigeria.
“I want to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on the success his government has recorded against the insurgency in the country. But at this point, the Federal Government should find out why these people are really fighting because they are Nigerians.
“So, the government should dialogue with them because dialogue is a way of addressing the problem. These people are Nigerians, so, get them and talk to them with a view to changing their mindset because you can’t chase them away from Nigeria”, Iwuanyanwu stated.
The PDP chieftain also expressed support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, saying that though successive administrations fought corruption, “but President Buhari made it a major issue because I have seen monumental fraud exposed by this government. So, what Buhari needs is support from those working with him. Remember that one man can not run a government,” Iwuayanwu stated.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on the federal government to take immediate action against the renewed killings by the terrorists in the North-east region in particular and the country at large.
National President of the Association, Olalekan Salami, said the honour became necessary to clear the bad notion about Muslim as religion.
“We want to convince the people who are having bad notion about our religion. We are associating with Christian like you (Chief Iwuanyanwu) that we are one and that we are serving the same God.”
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