Agoro: We need peace conference to end insurgency
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.
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.