NIGERIA:”IT IS RIGHT FOR GOVERNMENT TO REACH A PEACE DEAL WITH BOKO HARAM”-IBRAHIM BABAGINDA

Retired General Babangida At a media parley on Monday in Minna, Niger State, organised to commemorate his 74th Birthday Anniversary, commended the efforts by the present administration to tackle insurgency in the north-east and expressed confidence in the capacity of the Federal Government to win the war against terrorism and insisted there was nothing wrong with the Federal Government reaching a peace deal with the Boko Haram insurgents.

It should be recalled that on August 8, the Nigerian government said it was ready to negotiate with the Boko Haram insurgents if the true leaders of the group could be identified and properly represented.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, gave the government’s position at a dinner in Abuja.

He said the government could not afford to negotiate with anybody masquerading as the leader of the group and in the end, collect money from government fraudulently.

The government’s statement has generated mixed reactions from Nigerians, with some saying the government should not negotiate with a terrorist group, suggesting that security forces should tackle the group.

There have been counter-terrorism operations in the north-east for over five years, but the terrorist group of late resorted to suicide bombing, attacking soft targets.

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