Federal Government has expressed readiness to negotiate with Boko Haram Islamist sect on the release of kidnapped GGSS Chibok female students.
The Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki, confirmed this opportunity during an interview with the BBC on May 13, 2014, Tuesday.
He said that if Boko Haram was sincere, its leader, Abubakar Shekau, should send people he trusted to meet the standing committee on reconciliation.
Turaki, who is Chairman of the Presidential Committee aimed at finding the ways to reach and agreement with Boko Haram, noted that “dialogue is a key option” in bringing the crisis to an end and that “an issue of this nature can be resolved outside of violence”.
It would be noted that the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has previously rejected any possibilities for dialogue with terrorists, mentioning that Boko Haram shall not dictate conditions. On the same day, an official of the Ministry of Information, Mike Omeri, declared that the Federal Government is considering “all the options” to resolve month-long crisis.
However, it is likely that some sort of negotiations would start soon because of the large presence of international advisers in Nigeria, including hostage negotiators. The total number of working U.S. defence and security experts has reached 30 people.