Boko Haram: Govt will not negotiate from a position of weakness – Presidency


Nigerian Government has reiterated its resolve to negotiate with the dreaded Boko Haram sect members should they opt for dialogue.

SA Media, Femi Adesina
SA Media, Femi Adesina

The Presidency however, stressed that it will not negotiate from a position of weakness if the sect members embrace dialogue.

Presidential Media Adviser, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Saturday, said President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute to bring an end to insurgency in the country.

Adesina’s statement reads, ”Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table. So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it.

“Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness, but that of strength. The machinery put in place, and which will be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency.

“It is multinational in nature, and relief is on the way for Nigeria and her neighbours. President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute. He has battled and won insurgency before, he is poised to win again. It is a promise he made to Nigerians, and he is a promise keeper.

“But I say again, if the insurgents want to negotiate, no decent government will be averse to such. Didn’t the Taliban and Americans also negotiate in Afghanistan”?

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