13 June 2011
FEW days after President Goodluck Jonathan promised in New York, United States of America (USA), to adopt “carrot and stick” method in order to end the insurgency launched by members of the Jama’atu ahlus sunnah lid da’awati wal jihad popularly called Boko Haram, the group yesterday issued fresh conditions that must be fulfilled before they would agree to discuss with the Federal Government.
They want Governor Kashim Shettima to resign, while his predecessor Ali Sherriff and top security officials who served in the state in 2009 as well as the Shehu of Borno be prosecuted.
A letter signed by Usman Al-Zawahiri which was written in Hausa and distributed to newsmen said peace will continue to elude the country unless the conditions are met.
However, the letter could not be verified from other sources as originating from Boko Haram.
Titled, “Conditions for dialogue with President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Kashim Shettima”, Alzawahiri said they have reduced their demand for the strict enforcement of the Sharia legal system to the Muslims-dominated states of the North and immediate release of all members of the sect detained in Borno and other northern states.
Other conditions listed in the letter include the prosecution of some politicians, traditional rulers and security chiefs.