Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, has declared his support for any dialogue with Boko Haram by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On August 10, Monday, the senator took to his official Facebook account to list certain factors that must be considered for negotiation with the terrorists.
“For a successful negotiation with the insurgents these factors must be taken into consideration:
- willingness and resolve of the insurgents to dialogue,
- the nation must be on the position of strength,
- commitment of the government to the terms and agreement of the negotiation,
- representation from the insurgents must be credible,
- the sensibilities of victims must be taken into consideration,
- a caveat on conceding an inch of Nigeria’s territory,
- a team of arbiters locally or internationally to ensure implementation of the terms of agreement. Kudos to PMB!”
In their comments, Nigerians noted that the factors listed by the senator were very important. However, they also mentioned some other aspects that should be taken into consideration by the president and the federal government.
“Before negotiations takes place we must first know if they, I mean the leadership and the chain of commanders of the BH sect, are original Nigerians (born in Nigeria before independence) and not migrators from Chad civil war who had lived in Nigeria for decades having links with Chadian relations. There are things we must know not just sitting and negotiating,” Jordan Ola noted.
“Comrade Shehu Sani. I share your points above regarding the MOU. However, they need to stop the killing before coming to the table to negotiate. Time frame for negotiation need to be settle as well. Agreed with PMB they need to be credible people or reps before we can take BH seriously. This might be a ploy to gain grounds . I have seen this before in Sudan, Mali and many trouble war countries. Federal governemnt should not negotiate directly. They should use civil societies /NGOs,” Samuel Taiwo-Brown advised.
“As a senator and a member of the ruling party, I expect you to channel your points directly to the presidency or the necessary security bodies. Its not everything of national interest that should be on Facebook especially from someone who should also be held responsible. As a senator, you are equally held responsible, so stop playing the blaming game Sir! We all keep saying government should do this or that but govt is not a ghost other those who hold elective/selective post!” Muyideen Olufemi Najim stressed.
However, some Nigerians do not support the idea of negotiation with Boko Haram terrorists.
“I just dont know why, but I am finding it difficult to give into this idea of negotiating with the insurgents. It is yet another bad precedent. My ongoing thesis is on the implication of Amnesty to Boko Haram and I want to say I simply dont support it. All we need is a strong political leadership and will to do something, a well trained, motivated and equipped Armed Forces, a highly sensitised and cooperative coomunity and populace, a sociological programme on de-radicalisation, poverty alleviation, inclusiveness and education, an effective religious regulation and moral guidance (forget the misapplied concept of religious freedom in Nigeria) etc These are all we need,” Abdulrahman Alfa noted.