Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What We Discussed With Obasanjo - Family of Slain Boko Haram Leader

Daily Trust
17 September 2011

Maiduguri — The family of late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf yesterday gave insight into their discussion with former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who paid the family a visit in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Babakura Alhaji Fugu, the eldest son of an in-law of the late Yusuf told newsmen that the former president said he came to condole with the family and show dismay over the extra-judicial killing of their father and the demolition of their family house during the 2009 crises.

According to him, Obasanjo has promised to take their problem to President Goodluck Jonathan, saying he will give them feedback in two weeks.

The junior Fugu said they got to know about the visit of the former president from the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), adding that they are optimistic that the visit will change things for the better because the family has gone through a lot.

He said among those things discussed with the former president is the court judgment which affords the family compensation over the extra-judicial killing of their father.

He said though the demands of Boko Haram was quite distinct from theirs, "we suggested to Obasanjo that there was still need for the authorities concerned to consider the conditions they set for dialogue, especially on the withdrawal of soldiers from the streets of Maiduguri, so that normalcy can return."

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