Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Boko Haram wants talks with FG

02 November 2012, 14:14

Abuja - The Federal Government said on Friday that it is willing to end the Boko Haram insurgency through dialogue after a man claiming to represent the Islamists declared they were open to peace talks.

Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, who spoke to journalists in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Thursday by teleconference, identified himself as a senior Boko Haram leader but his credibility is in question.

He said the group was not challenging the Nigerian state, directly contradicting previous Boko Haram statements, and spoke in English, a departure for the group that has consistently addressed the public in Hausa.

There was also no mention of Islamic law in his conditions for dialogue. Boko Haram's demands have varied during its insurgency which has killed hundreds since 2009, but a commitment to impose sharia in the mainly Muslim north has been a constant.

Unclear


Past public statements from the Islamists have been issued through a spokesperson who uses the alias Abul Qaqa.
It was therefore not clear if Abdulaziz was representing Abubakar Shekau, the presumed insurgent leader who has been designated a global terrorist by the United States.

"I have seen the story in which the Boko Haram is reportedly declaring a ceasefire and the opening of dialogue," said President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesperson Reuben Abati.

"If what the proposed ceasefire is intended to achieve are the objectives of peace and security, then it is a welcome development," he added.

"President Jonathan had made it clear that if the people behind Boko Haram are ready to come forward, and table their grievances, then government will be willing to listen."

Moderated dialogue

Abdulaziz proposed peace talks in Saudi Arabia to be moderated by Nigeria's former military leader Muhammadu Buhari, now a senior opposition figure who lost to Jonathan in 2011 polls.

"We are not actually challenging the state as people are saying but the security [forces] who are killing our members, children and wives," Abdulaziz said.

"We want to dialogue but government must show sincerity in its handling of the situation," he added.

Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency is estimated to have left more than 2 800 people dead since 2009, including killings by security forces.

The Islamists have attacked the security services, Christians in churches and government officials among other targets.
Shekau has on several previous occasions ruled out talks with government.

- AFP

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kareem Taofiq
This is unfear

It was confirmed that, after the most peaceful rally recorded by JOBA campaign team some members of team JOBA and APC were attacked. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
My Letter to the Cabal: Game Up

It is time for you to give up. It is time for you to abandon ship. Dear unscrupulous cabal, enough has surely been enough. Read more...

Submitted by
Idiake Destiny718
The media and how it moulds the w...

Television, radio, movies, the Internet and print extend their influence upon our culture, our behavior and our brains! What is behind the powerful force of modern media? Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Jonathan’s 6-week war blunder and...

Jonathan's comments about Boko Haram have led some to believe that the terrorism activities have simply been paused not stopped. Read more...

Submitted by
Samson Eruvwavwe
Delta State entrepreneurship maki...

Members of 3-week Entrepreneurship/Interlocking Making Training (E.I.M.T) by the Forum of Delta State Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen have called for a protest. Read more...

Submitted by
Martin Beck Nworah
Touch no man's candle

Let posterity decide who gave in the very best and who sacrificed the most to see that our world becomes a better place to live in. Read more...