The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is disturbed by the renewed attacks in the north-eastern part of the country, calling on members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram to ceasefire forthwith in the interest of the nation.
In a statement issued by the party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party condemned the Saturday night attacks that left about 40 innocent students dead.
While calling on traditional, religious political and opinion leaders in the north east not to fold their arms, Mohammed contended that it is now clear that government cannot stop the Boko Haram menace.
“It is clear that this Boko Haram menace cannot be resolved by the government alone, hence all stakeholders must urgently intervene to complement government’s efforts to end the insurgency and get those behind it to embrace
“There can be no justification for Boko Haram to continue to kill and maim innocent citizens, especially because the victims are not just fellow Nigerians like them, but most are actually their kith and kin.
“We in the APC have been unrelenting in our advocacy for dialogue as a way of ending the insurgency. Fortunately, the government has also embraced dialogue, after initially resisting it as an option.
“Boko Haram should remember that they are not fighting an external war, and that their grievances, whatever they are, can never be resolved by continued killing, maiming and plundering. They must therefore put an immediate end to their cycle of violence and opt for dialogue. The longer this violence continues, the more difficult it becomes to resolve. Enough is enough!”, the statement reads.