Report: President Goodluck Jonathan begins amity talks with Boko Haram
By Rachel Ogbu
In a bid to put an end to the senseless killings by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, the federal government has initiated a communication link with members of the group.
Reuters reported yesterday 15 March, that in the last week the government held its first indirect peace talks meeting mediators to discuss a possible ceasefire.
Although face to face contact it yet to be established, reports claim two people close to Boko Haram have been carrying messages back and forth between the sect’s self-proclaimed leader, Abubakar Shekau and government officials.
Details about the whole business in still under the wraps as sources will not even be named and it is unclear if the mediators met with Mr President directly. There are also speculations as to whether the government intends to meet the sect demand to release its members from prison in order to secure a cease-fire. The terrorist group had also demanded that it wants to impose Sharia law across the country.
A source told Reuters that this was the first time a ceasefire has been mentioned. “It is a massive positive, but given the lack of trust a resolution is still a way off,” he said.