President Muhammadu Buhari has been
approached by a faction, as it named itself,
of the deadly Boko Haram sect, seeking
peace negotiations with Nigeria’s
Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman,
made this known in a statement, saying that
efforts were under way to “verify their claims”
of having such power.
“A faction of the Boko Haram group came
forward claiming to have the mandate to
negotiate with the government, ” he said.
Buhari’s government recently said it was not
opposed to negotiations with the sect, which
has killed thousands and left around 1.5
million people evacuated during its
Shehu added: “It is now left for them to show
proof that they have the mandate, but they
made it clear that they are representing a
faction of Boko Haram that wants peace.”
It should be noted that despite his earlier
stance during the electoral
campaign President Buhari has recently said
he is willing to hold talks with Boko Haram
commanders for the rescue of more than 200
Chibok schoolgirls abducted last year.
The insurgents have killed more than 600
Nigerians in a spate of bombings and
shootings since new president was sworn-in
on May 29.
President Buhari will visit Cameroon on July
29-30 as part of efforts to cooperate with
countries with which Nigeria shares borders.
It would be recalled that efforts to reach a
peace agreement by the previous government
of Goodluck Jonathan failed as Boko
Haram denied holding any talks with
Posted by Bintexhimself on July 31, 2015.
Tags: Boko Haram , President Buhari
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