Boko Haram Declares Readiness For Dialogue, Names Buhari As Mediator

Boko Haram, on Thursday  November 1, came out clean and declared its readiness  to end violence in the North but recommended that ex-Borno State Governor Modu Sheriff  should be arrested to pave the way for peace talks that must be held only in Saudi Arabia. The sect also listed other conditions, such as compensation for families of its members killed in the course of its  terrorist acts, the rebuilding of its mosques by the Federal Government and release of all its  members in the custody of security agencies. Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, the  second-in-command to the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, gave    the conditions during a radio conference with journalists in Maiduguri, Borno State. It is recalled that on Wednesday October 31, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, said Sheriff and Senators Ali Ndume and Ahmed Zanna had been put under surveillance to determine their alleged links with the sect.
 The three have been variously fingered as  financiers of the  group. Abdulaziz wnet further to name a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari; Dr. Shettima   Monguno; a former Yobe State Governor, Bukar Ibrahim; Ambassador Gaji Galtimari; and Aisha Alkali Wakil, and her husband, Alkali  as  “trusted” Nigerians it would be ready to negotiate with in Saudi Arabia. On the sect’s team would be Abdulaziz, Abu Abbas, Sheikh Ibrahim Yusuf, Sheikh Sani Kontogora and Mamman Nur. Hear him: “We are not actually challenging the state, as people are saying, but the security (forces) that are killing our members, children and wives. We are highly offended but if this government is sincere, everything (the attacks) will come to an end. We want to dialogue but government must show sincerity in its handling of the situation.” No fewer than than 1,000 persons have been killed in attacks on  places of worship, military and police facilities as well as drinking joints  since the sect launched its war against the government in 2009.

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