By David Attah/Punch
A coalition of civil rights organisations in the North under the aegis of the Civil Rights Congress have said the Federal Government may be deceiving Nigerians about the dialogue between it and Boko Haram.
National President of the CRC, Mallam Shehu Sani, noted that the talks might have been designed by the government to give Nigerians false belief that the government was on the verge of combating insecurity in the country.
The CRC boss, while reacting to the said talks between the sect and the government on Sunday in a telephone interview insisted that the leadership of the Islamic sect had not come out categorically to the public through its channel of communication, on such decision to enter into round-table talks.
Sani said, “I am not aware of any talks going on. No credible talks are going on. If there is going to be any genuine talks, there should be confirmation from the leadership of the group and not the government. The only channel of communication by the group is through YouTube posting by the leader, Mallam Shekarau. And as far as I am concerned, I do not think or believe that there is any dialogue going on because it has not come from the usual source.”
Sani argued that the reported talks between the government and the sect were raising a false sense of hope while on the ground there was no credible evidence to establish what the government had claimed.
The CRC boss said, “The talks between the Federal Government and Boko Haram is not impossible, but it must be done honestly and sincerely and through channels that are credible. From my own understanding, the Federal Government must have been drawn into dubious talks or it is more of ‘arranged’ talks.
“I am of the belief that this arrangee talks will only undermine the search for peace. And then I will add that this senseless killings and bombing going on in the North should be ended by honest and sincere commitment and not by seizing, misinforming and misdirecting the conscience of Nigerians.
“A genuine talk can only be recognised by a cease-fire and cessation of all hostilities and that can only be believed if it comes from the leader of the group. So, what we should understand is that Nigerians are tired of this violence, and many innocent lives have been lost; and the solution to it must not be through bogus peace talks or concocted dialogue.”