...As Muslim Group honours him as Peace Ambassador
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – A member, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has called on the federal government to urgently put in place a high power panel to interface with the Boko Haram sect, saying “They are also Nigerians.”
Chief Iwuanyanwu, who celebrated his 75th birthday recently, was honoured Tuesday in Abuja by the Muslim Students Association of Nigeria ( MSAN) as Peace Ambassador, declared that at his age, he could no longer keep on certain issues.
He said, “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 for 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.”
The PDP stalwart also expressed support for President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, saying that even though successive administrations fought corruption “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.
National President of the association Olalekan Salami, said the honour become necessary to clear the bad notion about Islam as a religion.
“We want to convince the people who are having bad notion about our religion. We are associating with Christians like you (Chief Iwuanyanwu); that we are one and that we are serving the same God.”