Friday, 30 October 2015

Why We Are Yet To Open Talks With Boko Haram – Buhari Speaks Out

President Muhammadu Buhari has given an exclusive interview to New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) on Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

President Buhari gave an exclusive interview to the NDTV.

Nigerian leader, who is expected back to the country today October 30 from his official visit to India, stated that even that the terrorist sect is on the retreat.

He said: “They are on the retreat. If you go to the front, you will find out that they no longer occupy the areas in the North East they once did.”

At the same time, Buhari said that the war in Libya is pushing Islamic State militants into Nigeria, filling the ranks of Boko Haram.
“A lot of trained people have returned to their bases in Nigeria and are finding their way back to strengthen Boko Haram,” President Buhari said in India.

Nigerian leader said that the authorities want to negotiate with the insurgents to secure the safe return of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped over a year ago, but that there is no reliable leadership of the group that they can open talks with.

He said: “We want to get them back safe to parents. But we are not sure of a credible leadership that is prepared to talk yet about Chibok girls.”

According to the Amnestey International Boko Haram insurgents killed nearly 2,000 people since Buhari came to power on May 29.

The Nigerian administration has recently showed a readyness to have negotiations with the Boko Haram, in spite of the claim that it is militarily on the back foot.

Nigerian president said he is “prepared to discuss anything” with the group to rescue the girls, because “we want them back safe. If they are desperate, if they can blow people up in churches and mosques, they can even kill them.”

The deadly Boko Haram sect formally became an associate of the Islamic State.

Islamic State flags and songs have appeared in succeeding propaganda videos, an attempt, as President Buhari believes, at “psychological warfare to show that they are not alone, and have the participation of a more resourceful group.”