PORT HARCOURT— The FEDERAL Government has been advised to compensate families of those killed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North as part of measures to achieve enduring peace in the country.
A conflict resolution expert, Mr. Richard Anthony, who gave the advice, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, enjoined the government to explore alternative dispute resolution mechanism, ADR in resolving the security challenge posed by the Islamic sect.
He said it might be a bit difficult engage members of Boko Haram for a peaceful resolution of their grievances at the central level but institutions such as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF; traditional rulers and governors in the region could be productively engaged to drive the peace process.
He said: “The Federal Government should be more proactive in handling security challenges in the country. This could be handled through negotiation and mediation. The Northern Governor’s Forum and the traditional rulers in the North could be used to mediate between the group and Federal Government.”
Richard said that the emergency rule recently declared by the Federal Government in some states in the northern part of the country was in order, adding that it could force Boko Haram to open negotiation with the government.
Richard, Head of Global Mediation Services, said that government at all levels in the country should shift from punitive actions to restorative justice as a means of promoting enduring peace.