The South East Amalgamation for Jonathan/Sambo 2015 Presidency has called on the Northern leaders/Muslims to meet their people and appeal to them to drop their weapons and embrace peace for the unity of the country.
This was just as the Niger Delta leaders did with the militants that brought to the end of the militancy in the region.
The National Coordinator of the group, Chief Elvis Agukwe in an interview with THISDAY in Owerri after the meeting of the group said that it was by so doing that the issue of insurgents would be tackled, adding that the Northern leaders knew what to do to bring to a stop the insurgent attack on Nigerians by the Boko Haram group.
Agukwe, who was a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo State, hoped that if the Northern leaders could follow the footsteps of their Niger Delta counterparts that moved into the creeks when the militants held sway in the nation and brought them out and made them to drop their weapons, there would be progress in the nation, saying that if the Northern leaders were sincere enough, they should do the same and meet their people in the Sambisa forest and appeal to them to drop their weapons.
According to him, the issue of Boko Haram insurgency could not be left alone in the hands of government, as it is a collective responsibility of all to appeal to the insurgents to follow the part of peace.
“President Jonathan inherited Boko Haram from the APC states in the North East. We all know that Boko Haram started as a political gang created by some former governors in the North East and some people made political gains of it, because they used it to win elections and today they want to use it to unseat Jonathan. So what we have seen is a total collapse of leadership in the North East.
“We in the South East believe that Boko Haram must not be attributed to Jonathan; rather it is the failure of leadership in that region. No one person can fight the insurgency and no government can do that either. It is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians to do so”, he said.
They sympathized with the abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls for over a month by the Boko Haram insurgents and appealed to them to release the young girls unharmed as soon as possible.
While welcoming the international support to secure the release of the young schoolgirls, they urged the international community to do everything possible to secure the safety of the girls and not to relent until the issue of terrorism was wiped out in the country.
The group also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for a successful hosting of the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) which project to attract 68 billion Dollars of direct investment into Africa of which Nigeria is set to get a lion’s share.