CPC asks Buhari not to mediate for Boko Haram

The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has advised its leader and former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, to reject his alleged nomination by the Boko Haram sect as a mediator in negotiations with the Federal Government.

The National Chairman of the party, Tony Momoh, gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja.

“There is no need for any other person to attend a meeting between the Federal Government and Boko Haram for whatever grievances they say they have.

“We in the CPC do not see where Buhari comes in; we are concerned by the way the name of Gen. Buhari is being dragged into this affair.

“Another thing is that nobody reached out to Gen. Buhari to say they have been nominated or is being nominated along with others, to mediate or be witnesses to discussion between Boko Haram and the Federal Government,” he said.

Mr. Momoh said that the former Head of State had not told anybody or the party that he was interested in the nomination.

A man claiming to be a spokesperson for the militant sect, Boko Haram, reportedly called some reporters in Maiduguri where he mentioned Mr. Buhari as one of the people the sect would be willing to negotiate with.

The national chairman however stated that his party would not associate with issues that involved criminality.

He said that it was important for the government to maintain “true democracy” by providing adequate security and welfare to the citizens.

“We believe in one country which must remain together and move together in the direction of peace, justice and fair play,” Mr. Momoh said.

He said the abuse of the democratic system is the result of some challenges confronting the country.

“Any abuse of this democracy is unjust.

“We have chosen a two-legged approach: democracy and social justice, and we want to achieve social justice by using a system of government called democracy,” he said.

Mr. Momoh said that for the nation to witness true democracy, “all hands must be on deck” to tackle corruption in the country.