5 August 2011
COMPARISONS between Boko Haram and the militants in the Niger Delta, as the explanation for the proposed talks between government and the group in
are inevitable, though many would refuse to see the connection. Maiduguri
Both groups rose against the state. Both refuse submission to the laws of the country. Governments sent security forces after them, only to realise that the issues were political and could benefit more from negotiations than only force.
How it would work with Boko Haram is a major challenge. With the Niger Delta, government was the one giving the conditions, the major one being a deadline for militants to disarm, after which they would be re-habilitated. Those who refused to turn in their arms were deemed to have rejected the amnesty.