President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday received the report of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North, saying the use of force alone cannot restore peace to the country.
But the president, however, ruled out the payment of any form of compensation to the victims, saying what the victims needed was assistance and not compensation.
He said, “We also noted the suggestion about the victims’ support because that is one of the terms of reference. How will government help to see that we can assist?
“Government is not going to compensate. It is not an issue of compensation but how do we assist people who have suffered to get back to business in one way or the other.
“Government will look into this and other recommendations in your report and see that the right decisions are taken.’’
The president agreed with the committee’s recommendation that an advisory committee be raised to continue the dialogue process.
“Your recommendations — one of them you have suggested is the setting up of an advisory committee on continuous dialogue. This I also believe in. We always say that even in war situations, finally, people must discuss at the conference table to make sure that people live in peace,” he stated.