5 February 2012
• Only Govt Can Initiate Dialogue With Boko Haram — Mohammed
• Time To consider State Police Option — Shinkafi
• To Preserve Unity, Sect Must Be Stopped Decisively — Umar
WHILE the cloud is still not clear on where and how the Federal Government and the insurgent Islamic Sect Boko Haram would commence the proposed dialogue, some northern leaders are getting exasperated with government’s seeming duck-footed approach and prevarication on the matter.
The clear position from eminent citizens from the North, including the preeminent northern political group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, seems to challenge government to deal decisively with the issue.
In separate interviews with The Guardian, the consensus clearly is that government, with its might and control of the security apparatus cannot continue to offer excuses on why it has not yet tamed Boko Haram.