According to a Presidency source, who does not want to be quoted, the government is not in a hurry to jump at the offer.
“From our experience, the sect is not reliable and their words cannot be taken on its face value.
“All facets of governmental apparatus would be consulted before a final decision is taken on the matter. We are not in a hurry to jump at their offer”, he said.
He said though the government is committed to dialogue, it would not negotiate with any group from a position of weakness.
He said proactive security measures would continue to be taken to safe guard the lives and property of Nigerians.
President Goodluck Jonathan was urged to seize the opportunity offered by the ceasefire to end the misery the campaign by the sect has foisted on Nigerians.
Former chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) General I. B. M Haruna and retired Commissioner of Police Abubakar Tsav, stated this last night.
Gen. Haruna described the ceasefire news as “very welcome”. Tsav called it “good omen”. Haruna said anything that would ensure security of lives and property is welcome and it is desirable that the government make maximum use of it because that is the primary duty and responsibility of the government.
“This is a welcome news. It is because anything that will engender peace, security of lives and property, and boost economic activities is certainly welcome. Government should make good use of this opportunity because the primary responsibility of any government is to ensure peace and security of lives and property.”
Tsav prayed that the news should not be a hoax. He said: “My first prayer is that it should be realistic; it should not be a deceit. If it is true, then it is a very good omen for the return of peace to the country. What government should do is to take advantage of this development immediately.”