Five weeks after a purported ceasefire, the Federal Government is again saying it is in talks with Islamist militant group, Boko Haram. Speaking on the BBC World Service Radio, Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki said while we cannot expect the president to ‘condescend so low as to begin to speak with insurgents’ there were several ‘links’ that were being explored.
“At the highest peak we are still engaging them, some of them that are willing to key into the dialogue process, we’re still talking to them. Even yesterday I had discussion with some of them. These are people that are willing to give peace a chance and key into dialogue option but certainly Nigeria has not degenerated into a Banana Republic where it is the President that will go and begin to sit down and discuss with anybody. There are different mediums through which the insurgents are being spoken to. There are people who are volunteers. There are people who are concerned Nigerians, we even have people who are foreigners who say that they are concerned about what is happening and they have some linkages. For some of them, when we follow these links, we discover that they take us to nowhere but still we felt that we have an obligation to investigate and follow through any links.” He however declined to answer any questions about the 200 Chibok girls.
This coming after 48 fish sellers were killed by the Islamist militants close to the border with Chad on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Some of the victims were drowned while others had their throats slits.
Over 13,0000 people have lost their lives to attacks by Boko Haram since 2009 when the group came to light.
Listen to interview here.
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