Since Boko Haram started posing real security threats back in 2009, there have always been the argument of whether to dialogue or not to dialogue with the sect and in the eventuality of a dialogue whether the Government should consider granting Amnesty to the terrorists.
The Government of Former President, Goodluck Jonathan repeatedly called for dialogues with Boko Haram even though eventually no result was seen, no dialogue took place.
During the build up to the Presidential election, President Buhari was quoted to have said that his govt will dialogue with Boko Haram. Now that he is President, the Presidency is reporting that the Government is open to talks with Boko Haram.
The big question therefore is:
SHOULD THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT DIALOGUE WITH BOKO HARAM?
Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the North east. Why should the government dialogue with individuals who are only interested in killing and maiming people? Is government saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or what? Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?” Usman said.
I support Usman. I dont see why the government would want to dialogue with terrorists! People who have committed their lives to killing people and unleashing terror.
Malam Goni Yahuza, another scholar said that negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
“I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is nothing to dialogue about. In the first place, I do not think that the group has something to talk about apart from violence. I believe that the Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need is proper motivation for the task.
Government must strive hard to ensure that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while”, Yahuza said.
So, my dear readers I would love to hear your opinion. Do you think it is a wise option for the Nigerian Government to be considering dialogue with the Boko Haram terrorists.