26 January 2012
In an interview with Reuters at the presidential villa in the capital
Abuja, Jonathan said there was no doubt that Boko Haram had links with other jihadist groups outside . Nigeria
The sect killed more than 500 people last year and more than 250 in the first weeks of 2012 in gun and bomb attacks in
Africa 's top oil producer, Human Rights Watch said this week.
Coordinated attacks in the northern city of
killed 186 people on Friday in its most deadly strike to date, prompting the president to visit surviving victims. Kano
"If they clearly identify themselves now and say this is the reason why we are resisting, this is the reason why we are confronting government or this is the reason why we destroy some innocent people and their properties ... then there will be a basis for dialogue," said Jonathan.
"We will dialogue, let us know your problems and we will solve your problem but if they don
't identify themselves, who will you dialogue with?"