Some residents of Borno on Monday cautioned the Federal Government
against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way
of ending their violent campaign. Those who spoke with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday advised government
to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Shieikh Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised
government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the
insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue
option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the
North east. Why should government dialogue with individuals who are
only interested in killing and maiming innocent people? Is government
saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or
what? Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are
already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?” Usman said.
Usman urged government to copy from the recent actions of the Chadian
and Nigerien Governments in dislodging the insurgents from their
Malam Goni Yahuza, another scholar said that negotiating with the
insurgents was a sign of weakness.
“I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is
nothing to dialogue about. In the first place, I do not think that the group
has something to talk about apart from violence. I believe that the
Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need
is proper motivation for the task. Government must strive hard to ensure
that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while”, Yahuza said.
Alhaji Mohammed Mala, a businessman, commended the gallant efforts
of the Nigeria military in fighting insurgents and urged them to do more.