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Borno officials mum on ceasefire deal with Boko Haram

20 October 2014, 09:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, is not commenting on reports of a ceasefire agreement between members of the Boko Haram sect and the government.

It was reported the agreement would culminate in the release of the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in April.

However, spokesperson to the Governor, Isa Gusau, was coy on the reports.

"Hundreds of journalists, local and international, have been making inquiries following widely circulated reports about a ceasefire over Boko Haram attacks," he said.

Gusau added that Shettima would make comments at an appropriate time.

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“Governor Shettima has always believed in a tripartite approach that involves dialogue for peaceful resolution, military and economic strategies in addressing the Boko Haram problems and he has been a strong advocate of these measures through his practical efforts and sustained public appeals at various fora," he said.

"Which was why he firmly supported the efforts initiated by the President, Goodluck Jonathan through the setting up of the Tanimu Turaki led committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges, in 2013, which worked actively and remained in force.”

He said Shettima was permanently committed to all genuine efforts that would bring the insurgency to an end especially given the fact that Borno State and its people had remained the worse hit by the unfortunate killings and destructions since 2009.

- CAJ News


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