Abuja - Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC), an independent non-governmental organisation, said while it welcomed the possibility of a dialogue with the Boko Haram such discussions should be carried out cautiously.
Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd), CCC Executive Secretary, outlined the organisation’s position in Abuja at a media briefing on Crisis Issues in the Nation.
Anas said some prominent Nigerians have in recent times canvassed the idea of dialogue with the Boko Haram.
“The option of dialogue, according to them, at the moment provides a leeway of not only safely rescuing the abducted Chibok school girls alive, but also possibly bringing to an end the orgy of violence unleashed on innocent Nigerians by the group,” he said.
“Considering the unspeakable atrocities which the group has visited on Nigeria and Nigerians, this option is no doubt a hard sell. However, the recent statement by President Muhammadu Buhari on government’s readiness to negotiate with credible members of the sect has rekindled the hope for dialogue.”
Anas said the centre viewed this gesture as “good.”
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“It has opened a window of opportunity for dialogue for those insurgents that are willing and ready to lay down their arms,” he said.
This position is predicated on calls made to this Centre by some members of the Boko Haram requesting for genuine and comprehensive dialogue that could lead to hundreds of them coming out to renounce their membership.
“The Centre however suggests that such dialogue should be done with every sense of caution and responsibility bearing in mind the previous disappointments that attended attempts at negotiations. Nevertheless, the Centre will continue to support and encourage all efforts towards bringing insurgency to an end in our country.”
Anas pointed out that recently, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, said that more than three million Nigerians mostly from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa had been displaced by the ongoing terror.
- CAJ News