Boko Haram/FG: I can confirm to you that talks are ongoing at the background – Reuben Abati

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, has confirmed that the government is currently engaged in talks with the violent Islamic sect, Boko Haram. It however said that the dialogue was not the type envisaged by Nigerians.

The Punch reported that Abati, who spoke to their correspondents Abuja, said that, “talks are ongoing at the background. But the talks are not the kinds being envisaged by Nigerians,”

According to Abati “I know that some Nigerians are expecting that a venue should be chosen and a banner will be placed there indicating that the Federal Government is holding dialogue with the group there… That is not the kind of talks we are talking about here. The ongoing talk is a back channel one in which those who know members of the group are talking with them on behalf of the government.”

The sect, among others things, has asked for compensation for its killed members; that its demolished mosque be rebuilt; that its members in custody be released; and that the dialogue venue should be in Saudi Arabia. It spoke through Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, the second-in-command to its leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Source: Punch


  1. This a sheer cawordice on the part of the government, why should they dialogue with criminals. And on what the man said about the demands of BH. those demands should not be considered at all because the people those miscreants killed are more in number and also the churches they burnt …

  2. Now this is the height of it,so the FG went through with negotiating with terrorists,after all they (bh) have mutilated,killed and destroyed lives and properties,rendered so many fatherless,made so many hopless, and after the long plea the FG assured to the victims of bringing the culprits to book and what did they get from it?back stabing,heartless politicians with fake promises. this dialogue(BH) WILL GIVE RISE TO ALL NEW BLOODY REVOLUTIONS IN NIGERIA IN MONTHS AND YEARS TO COME,and it can’t be stopped easily,why cause the FG and it’s officials have given nigerians a reason to make war,(BH)terrorists fight for no just reason,instead of attacking the government,they attack the churches, WHY?the mends fought for a reason and that is SURVIVAL
    ,As am writing this to all to see am sober and crying about the rapid decadance of our country(Nigeria)
    Now FG and its official have proven to the word that Nigeria dos’nt have security and Nigeria is only name but with no characters.God bless Nigeria


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