‘Don’t talk to Boko Haram’

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THE PRI­MATE of All-Nigeria has urged Nigeria’s Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan not to ne­go­ti­ate a pris­oner swap with the Is­lamist ter­ror group Boko Haram.

The Most Rev Ni­cholas Okoh told re­porters that Boko Haram had re­jected all of­fers of ne­go­ti­a­tion, and that its pro­posal to ex­change over 200 school­girls kid­napped last month for its mem­bers held in cus­tody was a mis­take.

The cap­tured gun­men were “crim­i­nals” the arch­bishop said, and should be treated as such.

Speak­ing to re­porters dur­ing the Dio­cese of Abuja synod on 18 May 2014, the Arch­bishop said he sup­ported the govern­ment’s im­po­si­tion of mar­tial law in three states af­fected by the in­sur­gency. “As long as the prob­lem has not been re­solved, we can’t get a nor­mal sit­u­a­tion … then it would not be wrong to ex­tend it,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.

The Arch­bishop of La­gos, the Most Rev Ade­bayo Akinde told mem­bers of the Synod to hold fast in their faith in the face of the chal­lenges fac­ing Nigeria.

“These are not times for Chris­tians to solely de­pend on the cover, care and pro­tec­tion of hu­man ef­forts and in­ge­nu­ity,” Arch­bishop Akinde said, adding, “I do not know what the so­lu­tion is to solve the Boko Haram is­sue, I also do not know how it will come but I want govern­ment to take se­ri­ously the op­tion of a divine in­ter­ven­tion.”

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