Following a recent report that about 1000 Nigerians have been killed by the Islamic Boko Haram sect in their attack against Nigerians, suggestions have been coming for Nigeria to dialogue with the sect.
The Speaker of the House of Representative, Aminu Tambuwal, has urged the Federal Government to “forgive them (boko haram), bring them to the table and discuss with them to see how to end these problems as part of efforts to end its uprising”.
Speaking in an interview BBC, Tambuwal said: “Those who try to justify acts of terrorism inadvertently fuel terrorists and some do so only to discover later that terrorism is not a matter to be negotiated and win”.
In a related development, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika frowned at those encouraging the terrorist group, “It is rather inconceivable that large members of the society would habour criminals only for them to wake up, and strike at targets who live also within the society”.
On the dialogue with Boko Haram, the Chief of Army Staff said that “those who try to justify acts of terrorism inadvertently fuel terrorists and some do so only to discover later that terrorism is not a matter to be negotiated and win”.
This would not be the first time there has been an appeal on the FG to reconsider it’s stance on Boko Haram.
About a month ago, uba Galadima, the National Secretary of the Muhammadu Buhari led Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) had told the same BBC that the FG was underestimating the support that Boko Haram had within the population.
Buba Galadima had reasoned in that interview thus “Why didn’t the president crush the Niger Deltans? That’s a questions a lot of people in this part of the country are asking. Instead they are being rewarded for the economic destruction they brought Nigeria. Why can’t the same be true for Boko Haram? The people are sympathetic to certain principles and ideas,” he told the BBC. If people feel they are being denied anything or an injustice is being meted out to them then there is a likelihood that they will take the law into their own hands and help themselves.”