Nigeria: Jonathan Challenges Boko Haram To Come Out And Talk

President Goodluck Jonathan has on Thursday challenged the violent Islamist sect Boko Haram to identify themselves and state clearly their demands as a basis for talks, adding that military confrontation alone will not end their insurgency.

In an interview with Reuters at the presidential villa in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan also said there was no doubt that Boko Haram had links with other jihadist groups outside Nigeria.

“If they clearly identify themselves now and say this is the reason why we are resisting, this is the reason why we are confronting government or this is the reason why we destroy some innocent people and their properties … then there will be a basis for dialogue,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“We will dialogue, let us know your problems and we will solve your problem but if they don’t identify themselves, who will you dialogue with?”

But he cautioned that the crisis would be much harder to resolve than the now rested militant insurgence in the Niger Delta, which was largely defused in 2009 under an amnesty he helped broker.

-Via Channels TV

  1. Tanidi Reply

    I pray it will work, because we can not continue to live in crisis. The idea of HB is bad and ‘we can’t kill an idea with a bullet, we can only kill an idea with a better idea’ and this can be done only by understand. Let the religions leaders also preach PEACE, not only the gov’t. God save our land.

  2. Lynnette Reply

    it serveal times, 'Nigeria has no problems; but Nigerians … our problems are myriad'. We are our own problems.

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