Former minister begs Boko Haram members to embrace peace

- The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has pleaded with Boko Haram insurgents to shun violence across Nigeria

- The former minister of information, Labaran Maku, enjoined the terrorists to embrace peace

- He said Nigeria has lost a lot to insurgency especially infrastructures

A member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance has pleaded with Boko Haram insurgents to shun violence and embrace peaceful across various states in Nigeria.

APGA's national secretary, Labaran Maku, while speaking in Wakama, Nasarawa state on Tuesday, January 2, urged other troublemakers to stop attacks on citizens in order to fast track the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

Maku, a former minister of information and supervising minister of defence during ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's administration, said the activities of the insurgents and other security challenges has affected many lives and the country’s socio-economic development.

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Maku said: “As a former minister of information and the supervising minister of defence, I know how much government had spent in ending the activities of Boko Haram and other security challenges in the country.

“President Muhammadu Buhari recently made a submission for $I billion to be committed to the war against insurgents in the northeast and other parts of the country. If we convert that to naira, at the existing exchange rate, it would be about N360 billion.

"With N360 billion, one could imagine the number of schools, boreholes, factories, youths, women and farmers empowerment that the government would have provided to the various communities across the country."

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He further noted that the nation has lost a lot to insurgency especially infrastructures.

Maku urged Nigerians to pray for peace and cooperate with the government, security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to promote peace and unity.

"Whenever you see the masses killing each other, there is conspiracy at the top. There is the need for people of Nasarawa state and Nigeria at large to shun the divide-and-rule principle and unite to elect credible leaders for good governance," he added.

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