FG sets up panel on amnesty implementation

By The Citizen

The Federal Government has set up a panel to work out modalities for the implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North.

Vice-President Namadi Sambo disclosed this on Saturday at the first annual conference of the Ahlus-sunnah of Nigeria organised by the Izalatul Bid'a wa Ikamatus-Sunnah at the Tafawa Balewa Square,  Lagos.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Umar Sani, the Vice-President represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the event, which was attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar; a representative of  President Muhammadou Yousufou of Niger Republic as well as Kaduna and Osun state governors, among others.

'A committee has been set up to proceed with the implementation of the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Conflict Resolution of Security Challenges in the North,' the statement quoted Sambo as saying.

The committee led by the Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Turaki, had submitted its report to Jonathan on November 5, 2013.

The Vice-President said the government was committed to intra and inter-faith dialogues and consultations as the only alternative to conflict resolution, mutual tolerance, understanding, love and harmony.

He said the conference with the theme, 'Peace and Unity for Sustainable Development' came at the appropriate time', especially in the face of insurrections masquerading as religious agitations.

'It is obvious that there can never be any meaningful development in the absence of peace and unity,' Sambo reportedly said.

As a country with a large percentage of Muslims, he charged the Muslim Ummah to strive to be role models.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, in his remarks, lamented that Nigeria was passing through trying times.

Politicians, not the common man, he argued, were responsible for the crisis.

While calling for justice in the country, Abubakar implored leaders to create a  peaceful and conducive atmosphere for all Nigerians to practise their religion.