Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Boko Haram finally succumbs, says they are ready for dialogue

Apparently sensing the looming danger and the Federal Government’s readiness to oust them, outlawed Islamist extremists, Boko Haram, has said it is now ready for peace talks.

This decision came three days after the army offered a N290m bounty for information leading to the capture of 19 leading members of the sect.

The letter came in through the head of journalists in Borno State, Aba Kakami, barely 72 hours after bombers hit a Protestant Military Church, Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji, Kaduna State killing 17 persons and injuring scores of others.

The letter According to an international news agency, Reuters, was personally signed by Sheik Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulazeez, a man suspected to be their kingpin.
According to a count by Human Rights Watch, since the dreaded sect began to launch attacks on Nigerians since 1999, no fewer than 3,000 people have lost their lives.

It would be recalled that the dreaded sect said they were ready for peace talks in the teleconference and nominating former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari , as a mediator. Buhari has since rejected the mediatory role.

“We are by this letter of invitation to our respected elders proving to government that we are not joking with the government, but we are awaiting the response of those concerned,” the letter reads.

Abdulazeez said he was speaking on behalf of the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.

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