Council of State Backs Jonathan to End Terror Scourge by December
The National Council of State Thursday raised hope of an imminent end to the Boko Haram scourge that has ravaged the north. Consequently, the Council resolved to support would be extended to the President and the nation’s security services in order to ensure that the activity of the Boko Haram Sect is brought to an end by December.
Addressing state House Correspondents after the meeting of the council in Abuja Thursday evening, Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu said the Boko Haram sect does not represent Islam or any religion for that matter and must be defeated.
The Council also resolved that discriminatory practices by state governments on the basis of state of origin must be stopped forthwith.
Governor Aliyu who was flanked by the governors of Akwa Ibom and Enugu states, Godswill Akpabio and Sullivan Chime respectively and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki said the National Council of state also resolved that leaders must be wary of making inflammatory statements that are capable of heightening tension in the country.
Speaking on the council’s position on the discriminatory practices being carried out in the states, the governor said a committee has been set up to explore ways of amending the constitution to do away with indigeneship dichotomy in the country.
He said: “it came to the fore (at the meeting) that if there is any threat to either the state or democracy, probably the threat is coming from politicians and from leaders of the country. We must understand the boundaries of leadership and also the responsibilities that are involved. Leadership is not about beauty contest. In leadership, you must take difficult decisions and really go about implementing them.
“All these things came to the fore at the meeting and subsequently, each of us made it a deliberate resolution, bi-partisan or non-partisan, to support the President to make sure that we get rid of this insurgency before December”.