Monday, June 20, 2011

Leading Opposition Group Urges Dialogue With Boko Haram Leaders

PM News
19 June 2011

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the authorities should urgently engage those behind the worseningBoko Haram-led violence in dialogue, rather than place emphasis on the use of force, as a way of ending the violence.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also urged President Goodluck Jonathan to take the lead in engagingthe Boko Haram sect, just like the late President Umaru Yar’Adua took charge of the amnesty programme for the Niger Delta militants, instead of leaving it to the Borno state governor.It also advised the police to talk less and show more tact in dealing with the issue, saying it took only days after the Inspector-General of Police Hafiz Ringim boasted, that the days of thesect are numbered, for the sect to take the battle to the IGP’s doorsteps with the first-ever suicide bombing in Nigeria’s history.

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