The Speaker of Gauteng Provincial Legislature, South Africa, Ms. Lindiwe Maseko, has urged the Federal Government to look for a way of addressing the grievances of Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Maseko noted that the dialogue might be a good way of resolving the violence in the North.
He said this in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday at a press conference she addressed to round off the five day visit of lawmakers from the province to their counterparts in Ekiti State House of Assembly.
The lawmaker said the constant throwing of bombs and the reprisals which had claimed lives of innocent people in Nigeria should be stopped immediately.
She said, “Instead of this group to be killing innocent people, they can sit down with the authorities and state their grievances because there must be some reasons why they are doing this. I believe dialogue may be a potent tool in resolving this matter.”
The lawmaker, who has been representing her constituency since 1994, argued that it would not be right to shut the Boko Haram members out without hearing what was responsible for their actions.
According to her, the FG needs to urgently tackle the problem of terrorism in the country urgently before the situation degenerated.
She also urged the government to seek to dialogue with the Boko Haram sect to know what caused the crisis and how to solve it.
She said, “Act of terrorism in Africa is very painful. It is sad to see terrorism taking place and this is not a thing will can handle with levity because it deals with human lives.
“It must be condemned. It is the responsibility of every African to condemn it just like they did against xenophobia. Those responsible for terrorism must be arrested. Human lives are involved and the loss of a life is a loss too much.”
Maseko also suggested strengthening of the legislative arm to ensure rapid development and t curb corruption on the continent of Africa.
The lawmaker charged members of the public to always attend public hearings to sail themselves of the opportunities to make contributions to law making process and how hey were governed.