FG won’t beg Boko Haram for di­a­logue – Buhari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Buhari Com­mis­er­ates with vic­tims of the Nyanya and Kuje bomb blasts at the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal Abuja along­side Chief of Staff Abba Kyari, Gover­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun of Ogun state amongst oth­ers yesterday. Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion will not beg the Boko Haram ter­ror­ist group for di­a­logue.

Pres­i­dent Buhari stated this late Satur­day night through his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Media and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Adesina, while speak­ing as a guest on Chan­nels Tele­vi­sion 10pm News, main­tained that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had the ca­pac­ity to de­feat the in­sur­gents through the use of force.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Pres­i­dent Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is not op­posed to di­a­logue if the sect wants it and es­pe­cially if it is with the au­then­tic lead­er­ship of the in­sur­gents.

The pres­i­den­tial spokesman, how­ever, em­pha­sised that the gov­ern­ment would never di­a­logue with the ter­ror­ist group on bended kneels or po­si­tion of weak­ness.

“Gov­ern­ment has the ca­pac­ity to deal con­clu­sively with the Boko Haram in­sur­gency through force of arms. But if they want di­a­logue, and it is es­tab­lished that it is the au­then­tic lead­er­ship, gov­ern­ment is not averse to di­a­logue. But that di­a­logue will never be done on bended knees, or po­si­tion of weak­ness,” the pres­i­den­tial aide said.

Buhari had on Septem­ber 15 re­vealed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion had be­gun ne­go­ti­a­tion with some lead­ers of the Boko Haram sect to se­cure the re­lease of the over 200 Chi­bok school­girls ab­ducted on April 14, 2014.

Pres­i­dent Buhari was at that time in Paris field­ing ques­tions from mem­bers of the Nige­rian Com­mu­nity in France.

“The is­sue of Chi­bok girls has oc­cu­pied our minds and be­cause of the in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion it drew and the sym­pa­thy through­out the coun­try and the world. The gov­ern­ment is ne­go­ti­at­ing with some of the Boko Haram lead­er­ship,” Buhari had said.

The pres­i­dent had also stressed that be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the is­sue (ne­go­ti­a­tion), his ad­min­is­tra­tion had to first es­tab­lish gen­uine mem­bers of the ter­ror­ist group in or­der not to en­gage wrong per­sons.

“It is a very sen­si­tive de­vel­op­ment in the sense that first we have to es­tab­lish, are they gen­uine lead­ers of the Boko Haram. That is num­ber one. Num­ber two, what are their terms, the first im­pres­sion we had was not very en­cour­ag­ing,” he had stated.

Buhari had also said his gov­ern­ment would not ac­cept a con­di­tion given by ter­ror­ist group for the re­lease of the school­girls that one of its mem­bers who had been strate­gic in de­vel­op­ing Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sives De­vices (IEDs) be re­leased.

The pres­i­dent had then said: “They wanted us to re­lease one of their lead­ers who is a strate­gic per­son in de­vel­op­ing and mak­ing IEDs that is caus­ing a lot of havoc in the coun­try by blow­ing peo­ple in churches, mosques, mar­ket places, mo­tor parks and other places.

“But it is very im­por­tant that if we are go­ing to talk to any­body, we have to know how much he is worth. Let them bring all the girls and then, we will be pre­pared to ne­go­ti­ate, I will al­low them to come back to Nige­ria or to be ab­solved in the com­mu­nity.”

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