Federal Government can end the perpetual Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast without the use of force, a self-styled peace Ambassador and author, Mr Tony Oyatedor, has said.
Oyatedor, who authored books on leadership and is Chief Executive Officer of Newstime, a non governmental organisation for the promotion of peace, urged federal government to follow the rule of law rather than the of rule of force in taming terrorism and ending the insurgency.
Addressing a press conference and seminar at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna state council, Tony said, “the people and leadership of Nigeria must invest in solutions not weapons, invest in Newstime and harvest a peaceful, secure and prosperous nation, Nigeria. You must invest to harvest. You give good, you get good. When you invest in weapons, you get war and destruction, but you invest in the word, you get peace and security.
“Weapons should not be the first choice but should be the last choice. Enough is enough, Boko Haram and Niger Delta militants must make peace with the society, not just the government or the military. In Nigeria, a painful past, troubled present and uncertain future. Leadership does a good job of punishing the people but a bad job at protecting the people. Desperate times, call for desperate prayers, fasting and work with the Word.
“Leadership should save lives; instead, let us end the twin problems with the Word. Leadership’s commitment to peace, love and unity save the nation from collapse and bring Nigerians back together in security. Leadership can only measure success by the lives they change for good. Leadership must establish units in Nigeria. Leadership must be wealth creators for the Nigerian people not poverty creator.”
Oyatedor also appealed to the political leaders in the country, not to distance themselves from the people. “Leadership must talk with the people with gracious and comforting words, with compassion, (loving, kindness and mercy), Nigeria shall yet again overflow with prosperity. Amen. The twin problems, (Boko Haram and Militancy), shall no more make Nigeria and Nigerians to be panic sicken. No more terrorism. No more militancy.
“With peace, comes security and prosperity and development of the people and infrastructure. Nigeria and the Nigerian people. Leadership must make peace with the twin problems, not because they want to, but because they have to. To suggest otherwise would be inaccurate.
“Terrorism is error and sins of ignorance and thoughtlessness. With the twin problems came excruciating distress and severe pain to Nigerians. The twin problems; Boko Haram and Niger Delta Militancy, will be promising to move from bitter fighting to close friendship with time leadership of Nigeria through the help of Newstime.
“The situation in Nigeria on the twin problems is a legacy of many years of problems. It is not something that happened over night. We are not going to be able to resolve it overnight with a snap of the finger. We must riot take sides. Our work is not to condemn, but our work is to accomplish reconciliation and peace. It is a serious problem and no one is working to fix it, they only talk about it but Newstime has the solution, and we will roll up our sleeves to work and fix it for good.”
“For a while now, there has been distress; trouble and anguish, in Nigeria, a nation in bewilderment and perplexity without resources, left wanting, embarrassed, in doubt, not knowing which way to turn. People swooning away or expiring with fear and dread and apprehension and expectations of the things that are coming to the nation,” he stated.