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Christians doubt ceasefire plans

11 July 2013, 09:08

Abuja - Nigeria's largest Christian group doubts plans of a ceasefire between the federal government and members of Boko Haram, saying it would not work because of factionalism within the militant group.

The Christian Association of Nigeria's (CAN's) newly re-elected leader, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, dismissed such plans.

“Which Boko Haram will agree to the ceasefire plan? There have been all kinds of people that claim to be Boko Haram? Now, there are two groups, the Shekau group and Ansaru group," Oritsejafor said in Abuja after his re-election for a new three-year term.

He said while it was a welcome development insurgents pledged to disarm, history had showed the Islamic group is untrustworthy.

"We have seen situations in the past where we have been told told some insurgents had committed to a truce, only for people to be killed the following day," added Oritsejafor.

Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Security Challenges in the North, Kabiru Turaki, was confident of a breakthrough.

"The acceptance by Boko Haram to sign a ceasefire agreement with the federal government is a demonstration of the trust the group has in President Goodluck Jonathan," he said.

- CAJ News


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