The House of Representatives yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to explore the option of dialogue with Boko Haram and other groups causing unrest in the country.
The legislators also commiserated with the Emir of Kano and the families of those who died during the violent attack.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion titled “Urgent need for the Federal Government to open avenues for dialogue as a means of addressing security challenges in the country,” which was moved by Muhammed Bashir Galadanchi
Galadanchi, while moving the motion, expressed concern that the present approach of the government in using “military action, random arrests and imprisonments obviously had limited effectiveness and escalated trends of insecurity, indicating that they are only short-term solutions”.
He added that, “if this approach is not reversed and more long-term solutions deployed, these incessant incidents will pose serious threats to our security, democracy, rights and freedom of our innocent citizens and ultimately destabilise the nation’s fragile stability and unity”.
He therefore asked the presidency to “embrace dialogue to resolve the present insecurity bedevilling the nation”, while “initiating programmes that will promote rule of law, strengthen civil institutions and address the underlying factors that fuel insecurity and violent extremism”.