by Akan Ido
Habu Mohammed, a man who claims to be a deputy to the leader of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, has revealed that the group has opened lines of dialogue between itself and the government due to the appeals for peace by several meaning Nigerians.
The statement was released by the group to the Voice of America radio station in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
There hasn’t been any official confirmation from the Nigerian federal government but senior members of the administration who spoke on the condition of anonymity have confirmed the story to be true.
Observers believe the government officials are keeping sealed lips so as not to reveal any information which might jeopardise the peace talks between both parties.
The dreaded militant group had previously refused any form of peaceful engagement with the government, therefore if these reports are true, many residents of several states in the north where the sect actively operates will heave a huge sigh of relief.
It will also be a remarkable achievement for the Goodluck Jonathan administration which some observers believe do not have an effective strategy to tackle the security problems plaguing the country, a major part of which is the Boko Haram threat.
The militant group, through its leader, Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, had claimed it is fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and says it does not recognize the Nigerian government or its constitution.