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Boko Haram Dialogue With Federal Government Begins – Reuben Abati

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Nov 13, 2012 – Boko Haram Dialogue With Federal Government Begins – Reuben Abati

The Presidency on Monday confirmed that it had commenced dialogue with the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram. It however said that the dialogue was not the type envisaged by Nigerians.

“I can confirm to you that talks are ongoing at the background. But the talks are not the kinds being envisaged by Nigerians,” the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, told our correspondent in Abuja.

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Abati added, “I know that some Nigerians are expecting that a venue should be chosen and a banner will be placed there indicating that the Federal Government is holding dialogue with the group there.

“That is not the kind of talks we are talking about here. The ongoing talk is a back channel one in which those who know members of the group are talking with them on behalf of the government.”

Boko Haram which has been prosecuting a bombing campaign against the Nigerian state recently gave conditions for ceasefire and talks with the government.

The sect, among others asked for compensation for its killed members; that its demolished mosque be rebuilt; that its members in custody be released; and that the dialogue venue should be in Saudi Arabia.

It spoke through Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, the second-in-command to its leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Abdulaziz named a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari; Dr. Shettima Monguno; a former Yobe State Governor, Bukar Ibrahim; Ambassador Gaji Galtimari; and Aisha Alkali Wakil, and her husband, Alkali as “trusted” Nigerians it would be ready to negotiate with.

Buhari has since rejected the offer.

Meanwhile, The PUNCH checks have revealed that the Federal Government is at the crossroads on how to hold a successful dialogue with the sect which is said to have been factionalised. But it was learnt that the President had ruled out dialogue with Boko Haram in Saudi Arabia.

A top security source told our correspondent that, “While it is true that the government is reaching out to the sect, the fact that there are various factions of the group is bringing confusion.

“There is concern that the dialogue may not yield the desired result. Even now, attacks are going on in spite of the peace moves by the group.” (PUNCH)

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  1. Chimere John

    November 13, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Boko Haram Dialogue With Federal Government Begins – Reuben Abati

  2. olanoye olumide

    November 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    if Boko haram are been compensate by releasing those that are arrested, build their demolished mosques and thier members that lost their life, how are they going to compensate christians that lost their lives and churches that are demolish…i think Jonathan should think twice to avoid been curse by GOD

  3. olanoye olumide

    November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    now i know Jonathan and other Nigerians leaders are foolish us, if a good leader can dialogue with Boko haram accepting their that he will compensate them with building their demolished mosques, pay for their people who were killed and by them self and release their member that are arrested, i think this is foolishness. what are they going to do for the Christians and the innocent soul who Boko Haram killed with bomb and the churches that are been demolished by them through their bombing?. this is the time the wrath of God will come upon all the Bad leaders starting from Goodluck or badluck and Nigerians should think twice coz this so call leaders are part and parcel off Boko Haram..i dont care for their arrest

  4. Jimi Falade

    November 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    This kind of dialogue is beyond human comprehension.

  5. Samsam

    November 13, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Wonder shall neva end my 9ja ppl what a shameless leaders do we hv?

  6. Innocent Dajang

    November 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Do not dialogue with terrorists. Clean your security network of it's dirt and clear the boko haram without further delay!

  7. henry

    November 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    This goverment is confused, the head is in coma…the wrath of God upon the leadership cannot be stopped.For Jonathan to avoid bn cursed by the “true God Jehova the man of war “he better find out whether what he is doing is the will of God.He should better not be carried away by . inordinate ambition of becoming the president in 2015 and now start calling cow brother.God of vengence does not sleep nor slumber.For anybody to think that the boko haram will not be purnished for their evil deed the person is joking he is yet to know KABIYESI the person should go and ask the Egygptian.warn GoodLuck not to try God.

  8. Abdulkareem

    November 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Conpensate them and let there be peace in our country, forget those discouraging u mr. President they jelouse of ur administration.

  9. Vongz

    November 13, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    May God intervene

  10. Chidimma Agu

    November 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Boko haram are representin devil, negotiation my foot.dey want federal give dem money for deir weapons

  11. Aerbough Aondofa Donald

    November 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    May God interven 4 us …….or we r finished by GEJ tenure

  12. Ogbode F. Success

    November 14, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I pray that this should be successful.

  13. Olalekan Adebowale

    November 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    God in His infinite majesty wil show Himself as the mighty man in battle in our nation

  14. Israel Akpanudo

    November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I think its time 2 pick up my weapon and cal out 4 civil war2 in naija.r christian fool?boko haram can nt b compensete wit al dis mentn?let them tel us (naija)y they kil and if it positive then naija can negotiate 2ward adresing such isue 2wards peace in d country.but let me ask is boko haram stronger than govt?y then is govt afraid? If govt should agree wit d degree of boko haram,we christian wil end naija in cool blood.a blood of no negociatn.we r nt fools.ds land belong 2 God n nt boko haram.nonesence.i dey vex! I feel like entering aso rock nw and flog every 1 there 6 6 stroke of cane.wake up naija n shine ur eye.boko haram don d decieve una?

  15. Israel Akpanudo

    November 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Araise oh compatroit n let boko haram b scarttered!!!let us Pray:our father who art in heaven,halowed b thy name,thy kingdom com,thy wil b done on earth mostly in naija,as it is in heaven.give us ds day…lead us nt in2 d hands of boko haram,4 naija r afraid n armless,bt deliever us 4rm bad govt.give our presido(GUDLOCK) Dat wisdom u gave 2 presido solomon in d bible dat he may b wise enouge 2wards taking ds decisn dat is place b4 him.this is becos if he takes side in favour of boko haram agaist d faith of naija mostly xistian,blood may shawa d face of d deep n there might b no more light n peace in naija.all i pray in Jesus name-AMEN!

  16. Vera

    November 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Pls mr president, pray always

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