There are many reports that the presidency is in talk with Boko Haram to cease fire with a promise to grant them amnesty. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has repeatedly said it is willing to hold talks with the group. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made this knownin Lagos on Sunday, he said;
“This Administration remains committed to the fight against terrorism and insurgency. The security services have since been directed to put in place further measures around all schools vulnerable to attacks to ensure the safety of pupils/students and teachers and school workers. The President has also tasked all the security agencies to work to ensure that we do not witness any recurrence of these incidents.
“While the military efforts are necessarily ongoing, we are willing to continue engaging in a meaningful dialogue, which is not only about the release of hostages, but intended at a broader engagement on conflict mitigation, reduction of the violence, possibility of ceasefire, protection of civilians, and increased humanitarian access. Government is therefore willing to engage on measures which can lead to stopping the bloodshed and finding long-lasting solutions to the conflict.”
Boko Haram which has killed tens of thousands of people since 2009, may be ultimately granted amnesty – good or bad idea???