President Goodluck Jonathan is of the firm belief that the 2 Committees set up to tackle the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and the conflicts in the North are crucial to returning the country to the path of peace.
The President spoke on Wednesday at State House, Abuja as he inaugurated the two committees.
The committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of the security challenges in the north has a 3 month mandate while the committee on small and light weapons is a standing committee.
President Jonathan is very concerned with the effect of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons has had on the African continent, describing it as more damaging than the threat of nuclear war and insisting that munitions producers who sell these weapons to insurgents must stop.
Coming closer to home President Jonathan acknowledges the controversies that had arisen in the past weeks over the membership of the committee to negotiate terms with Boko Haram.
In the interim in obvious reference to the recent mass killings in Baga, the President is pleading with Officers and Men of the Armed Forces to be mindful of the civilian population in containing the excesses of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Members of the committee are aware of the reservations trailing their assignments
These committee members are not taking their assignments for granted and recognize that a lot of groundwork and negotiations lie the months ahead.