18 March 2012
By Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad
As a concerned elder and President of the Supreme Council for
Shariah in Nigeria (SCSN), I felt very disturbed with the turn of
events and the increasing cycle of massive violence in our
country, and especially, in the Northern and Muslim part of
reach the current leadership of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnati Lidda
Awati wal Jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram.
I and the Secretary General of the
SCSN, on behalf of the Supreme Council for Shariah in
contacted the Federal Government at the highest level and
intimated them of this great possibility of reconciliation and
peaceful resolution of the crisis. This was on Monday, 5th March,
2012. My delegation was well received and a high-ranking civilian
officer was appointed immediately to liaise with us towards a
successful resolution of the crisis. To our shock and dismay, no
sooner had we started this dialogue; Nigerian newspapers came
out with a lot of the details of the meeting held.
This development has embarrassed us very much and has
created strong doubts in our minds about the sincerity of the
Government’s side in our discussion as the discussion is supposed
to be very confidential to achieve any success.