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Boko Haram: Ex-envoy urges FG to do something urgent


ILORIN – As the nation mourns the death  of no fewer than 36 persons in a Christmas day bomb blasts  in Plateau  and Niger States respectively, a  Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former  Nigerian ambassador to  Ivory Coast   Alhaji  A. G. F.  Abdulrazaq has tasked the Federal Government  to do something urgent  about the insurgence  of the Boko Haram before it is too late.

Abdulrazaq who noted that the activities of the sect have become a serious embarrassment to the nation lamented that while the activities  of the Niger Delta militants  are subsiding , those of Boko Haram  are  escalating.

The  former ambassador  who  made this submission  in a paper he presented  at the 46th conference of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union, IEDPU, observed that “no day passes without the newspapers reporting an incident or two of bombing in some parts of the country, especially the Northern part “.

Explaining that members of the Boko Haram sects might be Muslims or even fundamentalists, he however argued  that it was clear that they were not pursuing an Islamic agenda.

On the planned removal of the petroleum subsidy, Abdulrazaq  said: “On the issue of national security, I  want to appeal to the Federal Government  to re-examine its plan  to deregulate the down stream sector through subsidy removal.

As at now, not many Nigerians are clear about the  government’s intention in this regard. Maybe, what is needed  is  more  sensitization  of the people  if indeed, as we are told, the policy is meant to benefit the common man.

At  the home front, Abdulrazaq charged the leaders of IEDPU to  organise a comprehensive national summit of stakeholders of Ilorin to work out  a  new road map for the ancient city.


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