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Boko Haram Claims Talks With Nigerian Government

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A purported spokesman for the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram says the group is engaged in direct talks with the government on ending violence in the country's north. 
 
In a statement obtained by VOA, Habu Mohammed, who claims to be a deputy to Boko Haram leader Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, says the militant group decided to initiate the peace moves in response to numerous public appeals for peace in the country. The statement was given to VOA in Mecca.
 
The Nigerian government has not responded to the claim, but senior Nigerian officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the talks to VOA.  They would not provide additional details. 
 
The Islamic militant group has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in Nigeria, including church bombings and the bombing of a United Nations building. The group has threatened international media organizations, including VOA's Hausa service.
 
The militant group has said it is fighting to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria and says it does not recognize the Nigerian government or the constitution.
 
Several previous attempts by the Nigerian government to engage Boko Haram have failed. 
 

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 14, 2012 2:02 PM
What is boko haram asking for after it has spoilt its own show by blood letting. What about the people killed? What about properties destroyed? What about reputation soiled? Will negotiation with the terrorist group restore any of these? Will negotiation with boko haram restore peace to homes destroyed, and bring back the life to families that can no longer fend for themselves because their hope has been dashed? Is it because it is becoming hotter for it to sustain the operation that it now recognizes dialogue, at whose expense? No negotiation with boko haram. Let the country face the threat squarely, boko haram is alien and must be defeated. Nigeria should task Saudi Arabia for allowing terrorists operate from there, and any other country that is involved must answer for it at the appropriate court of human rights. But these Arab countries! No exception!


by: chukwuemeka ejiofor from: abuja
August 14, 2012 4:28 AM
Why is Boko Haram addressed as a militant group in Nigeria? Militancy is so well-known to Nigerians and Nigerians know that Boko Haram is a terrorist group not a militant group.
They have no face and have no reasonable demands as far as human rights are concerned. What and whose interests are they representing?
We must call a spade a spade. Terrorists are terrorists not militants. Boko Haram is the most notorious terrorist group known to me!

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