The new national security adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), stated yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to ensuring that peace and normalcy is restored in the country, before the Ramadan fast commences.
Speaking when he visited Damaturu, Dasuki added that his visit to the state was to engage with stakeholders and the government with a view to hearing from them on ways of addressing the security problems.
He said: “If one considers the colossal loss these confrontations cause due to the unconventional methods of the insurgents, the option of resolution through dialogue and negotiation should be pursued as a priority.
“Government is committed to bringing an end to the security challenges and there is the need to put heads together to bring an end to the situation as we want to go back to normalcy and move forward.”
Dasuki said that there would be no development, employment and progress in the face of violence.
“I do not see how anybody is benefiting out of this.’’
Yobe State governor Ibrahim Gaidam, for his part, appealed to the federal government to deploy more troops to the state, saying the current security challenges that the state faces require even more robust efforts to address it.
He said: “The attacks cut across all religious inclinations with churches as well as public buildings like schools including Islamiyyah (Islamic school) and government vehicles being destroyed. Furthermore, most of the innocent lives lost were from the majority Muslim population of the state.”
The governor commended President Jonathan saying, “There is a clear change of strategy in the fight against insecurity as promised by Mr. President. There is an indication that our hopes, pride and dignity as citizens of this great country would be restored,” Gaidam said.