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"We Will Not Negotiate With Boko Haram From A Position Of Weakness"- Nigerian Govt. (SaharaReporters).
Following a BBC interview last night where Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina was quoted as saying that the Nigerian government would negotiate with Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has now clarified its stand on the matter.
In a press release issued from his Abuja office, Mr. Adesina has said the Nigerian state is putting in place mechanisms that would completely devastate Boko Haram from a multinational level. The statement further stated that the government would consider negotiations with the dreaded Islamist group if they accept to do so.
Read full statement below:
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?
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
Hmmm......What happened to 'we don't negotiate with terrorists'? You don't negotiate with a rabid dog.