Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Group Ready for Dialogue, Say Borno Elders

This Day
19 February 2011

Just as the peace initiative of former President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have been rebuffed by Boko Haram with the killing of Babakura Fugu, the Borno Elders and Leaders of Thought (BELT) insists the group has indicated readiness to engage in dialogue with the Federal Government.

Prospects for peace seemed damaged on Saturday with the murder of Fugu, brother-in-law to the slain Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf, who had received Obasanjo in audience last Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Borno elders, in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan released to the media yesterday, said: “We wish to remind you of our earlier call for the initiation of dialogue with members of Jama'atul Ahlil Sunnah lil Da'awal Wal Jihad (Boko Haram). Of recent, we have noticed the sustained desire of the sect through media reports of their willingness to talk with governments (Federal and State).”

In the statement signed by former minister of petroleum resources, Dr Shettima Ali Monguno, the elders advised Jonathan to initiate the engagement with the sect, saying it might make them come and talk with the government.

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