Wife of Nigeria’s former President, Mrs. Turai Yar’Adua, wants President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint advisers with capacity to handle the Boko Haram amnesty.
She also said there was need for Mr President to replicate what her late husband did on the Niger Delta militancy to end the Boko Haram insurgency.
Speaking during a posthumous award to Yar’Adua for his contribution to the development of the Niger Delta by the Niger Delta Young Professionals (NDYP) in Lagos, Turai, almost in tears, urged Jonathan to have compassion on children dying in the North everyday, just as she maintained that poverty had turned the region into a death zone
According to her, “President Jonathan needs to take the bold step my husband (Yar’Adua) took in the face of critical opposition by granting amnesty to Niger Delta militants when he saw the alarming rate at which children and women were dying in the Niger Delta region”.
Although Turai commended Mr. President, whom she called, “My brother”, for his readiness to grant amnesty to Boko Haram, she pleaded that the process should be fast-tracked so that the problem of insecurity, death and poverty afflicting children and women in the North could stop.
“This is your turn to do the same thing in the North. It is imperative of you to appoint good advisers who will guide and direct you on how best to handle the amnesty programme. My brother, I am not happy with what is going on in the North”, the former First Lady said.
Responding, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter Government Affairs, Alhaji Kabiru Taminu Turaki, said he will deliver Turai’s message to Mr President just as he said that the administration was leaving no stone unturned to ensure that insecurity ravaging the North was laid to rest.
Also at the event, Chairman of Arik Air, Sir Joseph Arumeni-Ikide, who was an award recipient, implored government to do more in the areas of employment, insecurity and enhancement of local content.