Agoro: We need peace con­fer­ence to end in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Dele Ogun­yemi, Ibadan

The recurring cases of in­sur­gency in Nigeria can only be re­solved through the con­vo­ca­tion of a na­tional peace con­fer­ence and not through the on-go­ing na­tional con­fab, a for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Dr. Ola­pade Agoro has said.

Agoro, in an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with jour­nal­ists in Ibadan over the weekend, lamented the spate of killings across the coun­try say­ing “Nigeria is presently on fire.”

He also faulted the com­po­si­tion of the on-go­ing na­tional con­fab which he de­scribed as se­lec­tive and not truly rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all in­ter­ests in the coun­try.

“Who is rep­re­sent­ing the Boko Haram at the Con­fab? What­ever you say there is not bind­ing on them. In the same vein, who is rep­re­sent­ing the Fu­lani herds­men, the oil bunker­ers, the kid­nap­pers, the Egbessus, the Bakas­sis and the MASSOB at the con­fab?” Agoro re­torted.

While main­tain­ing that a na­tional peace con­fer­ence would prof­fer an en­dur­ing so­lu­tion to the in­sur­gen­cies in the na­tion, Dr. Agoro ex­pressed hope that those be­hind Boko Haram, Bakassi, Egbesu and other groups would def­i­nitely show up to for­mally ex­press their grievances and the way for­ward by the time such a peace di­a­logue is con­voked in the coun­try.

Agoro in­sisted that noth­ing pos­i­tive will come out of the on-go­ing na­tional con­fab which he de­scribed as a time-wast­ing ex­er­cise.

PHOTO: GOVT. HOUSE

From left: Ek­iti State Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi; Speaker Ek­iti State House of As­sem­bly, Dr. Ade­wale Omin­rin and Chair­man, All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Ek­iti, Chief Jide Awe , dur­ing the gover­nor’s re-elec­tion rally at Aaye Oja-Ek­iti re­cently.

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