The Federal Government is ready for dialogue with Jama’atul Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad, also called Boko Haram, but on the condition its Spiritual and Political Leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau, will be at the negotiation table.
It was also learnt that the government may come up with an Amnesty Programme for members of the sect after ceasefire and disarmament if they are sincere.
A government source, who spoke in strict confidence, said the conditions set by the group would be resolved during the dialogue.
This is even as the sect has named the former Head of State and presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), among six prominent northerners, to mediate between the group and the Federal Government.
The group has demanded for the immediate arrest and prosecution of former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, as one of its preconditions for cease fire.
Meanwhile, in his reaction through an associate, Buba Galadima, the Daura born General said “he wouldn’t want to say anything on this matter that has not yet been authenticated, but he remains prayerful that peace and tranquility will return to this country.”