Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Thursday lamented that Boko Haram attacks had pauperised his people, who were finding it hard to eke a living.
Consequently, he called on the Federal Government to evolve a strategy which would bring the Boko Haram group to the roundtable.
The governor, who spoke to members of the state caucus in the House of Representatives who played in a visit, said if the Federal Government could give amnesty to the restive youths of the Niger Delta, he does not see why members of Boko Haram, who were ready to lay down their arms should not be given equal treatment.
He said the Federal Government should come and assist the state by seeking ways to bring the sect to a roundable in order to end the onslaught.
He said: “We should rehabilitate those (members of the sect) that are willing to lay down their arms.”
He called on the federal lawmakers from the state to put forward this position on the floor of the House.
The governor who told the lawmakers not to see themselves as representing themselves, urged them to work for the good of the people. He said what bound them together was getting solution to the extreme poverty pervading the land which had led to the Boko Haram crisis.
Earlier, the leader of the caucus, Hon. Mohammed Monguno, had praised the governor for his people-oriented policies despite the security challenges.
Monguno, however, assured the governor that the lawmakers would work in alliance with the state government for the good of the people.
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