Presidency Distances Jonathan From Purported Ongoing Boko Haram, Govs’ Talk

jonathan_goodluck3-300x225Sequel to a statement by a faction of Boko Haram represented by Sheikh Muhammad Abdul’aziz, which stated that the sect was in discussions with the Borno State Government and a delegation of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, the Presidency has stated that it is not involved in any ongoing dialogue with the group.

It said as far President Goodluck Jonathan was concerned, members of the sect remained faceless since nobody had so far approached him on their behalf.

The Presidency’s position was made known by Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, in a recent interview.

He challenged any governor currently talking with members of the sect to approach Jonathan to brief him on the ongoing talks.

While stressing that the President could not act on a mere speculation as he has not been approached by representatives of the sect, Gulak said, “The President is not aware of any governor either from the North, South, East or West negotiating with Boko Haram.

“Let any governor that is negotiating with the sect come to the President and tell him that he is representing them and that he wants amnesty for them.

“As it is now, no governor has come forward to say that, so it is just a speculation and the President cannot work on mere speculation.”