Former Minister of Information, Prof Jerry Gana has urged the federal government not to trifle with the conditions for peace offered by the Boko Haram sect.
Speaking at the Second National Award Service and Educational Trust Fund by the Christian Council of Nigeria in Abuja yesterday, Gana advised the country’s leadership to be courageous in tackling injustice in the society which fuels insecurity.
Some analysts have cautioned the federal government to ignore the conditions for ceasefire announced last week by the Boko Haram sect, which also named prominent citizens as their key negotiators in the proposed talks.
But Gana said the window for peace and reconciliation in the North-east should not be thrown away. “If there is any proposal for peace it should be given serious consideration. You never know which key will open the door,” he said.
Five prominent Nigerians got the award for Integrity and Good Governance at the event. They are: Prof. Jerry Gana, Dora Akunyili, former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon, Delta State Governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and the Prelate of the Methodist Church, Nigeria Dr Sunday Ola Makinde.