Sunday, March 18, 2012

Govt in talks with mediators on Boko Haram

16 March 2012

Again, northern leaders meet over insecurity

THE Federal Government may have in the last one week held its first indirect peace talks with the Boko Haram sect, meeting mediators to discuss a possible ceasefire, the international news agency, Reuters, quoted sources as saying yesterday.

Two people close to Boko Haram have been carrying messages back and forth between the sect’s self-proclaimed leader, Abubakar Shekau, and government officials, the sources, who asked not to be named, said.

It was not clear whether any mediators met with President Goodluck Jonathan himself.

“BH (Boko Haram) has mentioned a conditional ceasefire but it wants all its members released from prison. The government sees this as unacceptable but is willing to release foot soldiers,” a traditional leader and civil rights activist involved in the talks also told Reuters.

1 comment:

  1. It seems that Boko Haram is every year more difficult to negotiate - they either surrender to the government and stop their terrorist activities or to die... Recently I read about the operation of the army Army attacks Boko Haram, rescue 85 women, children - the salvation of women and children is noble, isn't it?