Presidency Considers Boko Haram’s Terms

By Olalekan Adetayo/Punch

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku Facts emerged on Friday that the Federal Government was considering some of the peace terms of Boko Haram, the fundamentalist Islamic sect, which had masterminded bombings in the North for more than one year.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, had after the Federal Executive Council meeting last Wednesday, told journalists that government had accepted to hold talks with Boko Haram in the interest of peace.

Earlier demands of the Islamic sect had included release of their members being detained and prosecuted, and President Goodluck Jonathan’s conversion to Islam.

However, the Presidency had spurned these demands.

But it was authoritatively gathered that one of the sect’s fresh demands was the payment of compensation or Diyya for their members they considered “killed unjustly” by security forces.

Our correspondent learnt that government might accede to the Diyya demand.

The sect is reported to have identified about 24 of such members.

One of them was the leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed in 2010 in Maiduguri, after he was reportedly captured alive by soldiers.

Yusuf was then handed over to the police, under whose custody, he died mysteriously.

Our correspondent learnt that the sect put the compensation to the family of the 24 deceased members at N2million each.

Consequently, for the 24 families, the Diyya to be paid is N48million.

Apart from compensation, the sect is also pressing for the release of those clamped into detention without committing any crime.

Presidency insiders said these were “not too difficult conditions.”

Under this category of persons are women and children whom they said were innocent.

The thinking of the government based on ongoing dialogue, is that the sect might not object to the trial of those found to be deeply involved in crime, once those “wrongly arrested or detained” breathe the air of freedom.

Once these conditions were met, they would cease fire, a source stated.

Contrary to the widely-held view, it was discovered that the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), was not the brain behind the ongoing talks between the Federal Government and the sect.

Government does not want to expose those behind the talks to avoid a previous experience, when the disclosure of the identities of the dialogue handlers frustrated the move.

A top presidency source said, “I can confirm to you that it is true that the group is currently dialoguing with the government.

“The good news is that they are talking and they have promised to cease fire once some of their demands are met.

“For conditions that are not difficult to meet such as the demand for Diyya for their 24 identified members that were killed, the government may meet such demands.

“Government can also give critical thought to those found to be innocent, but are being detained or prosecuted, particularly women and children as demanded by the group since they do not have any objection to the trial of those genuinely involved in crime.

“They have on their own promised to cease fire and go after the ‘political Boko Haram’ once the demands are met.”

The Voice of America had reported on Tuesday that Sheikh Abubakar Shekau, a top member of the sect, claimed that Boko Haram decided to initiate the peace moves in response to numerous public appeals for peace in the country.

Earlier peace talk between the two parties was stalled when a Muslim cleric, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, who was a mediator in the discussions called it quit.

Ahmad, the President, Supreme Council of Shariah in Nigeria, said in a statement that he had come to doubt the sincerity of the Federal Government after information from a confidential meeting was leaked to the press.

He had confirmed that his group had made contact with “leadership of the sect and established from them that as Muslims they were prepared to consider ‘Sulhu’ which means ‘broad reconciliation’ regarding the dispute between them and the government.”

Ahmad had then set up a meeting with members of the top echelon of government in Nigeria to discuss a possible reconciliation. The meeting, he said, had taken place on March 5, 2012.

  1. Omeiza Reply

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY STUPID CONSIDERATION. IF WE PAY n2M OUT OF TAX PAYERS’ MONEY TO MEMBERS OF THIS SECT THAT WERE KILLED, HOW MUCH ARE WE GOING TO PAY TO HUNDREDS OF INNOCENT AND TAX PAYING CITIZENS WHOSE LIVES WERE TAKEN BY THIS SECT. IF THEY VENTURE PAY THEM THE MONEY, THEN EVERYONE WHO HAS LOST A FAMILY MEMBER DUE TO THIS INSURGENCE SHOULD PROTEST AND ASK FOR DIYYA TOO. NONSENSE.

  2. faithful hope Reply

    Let me tell you mr. president that this animals will never seize fire. the 48 mill. will be used to buy more sophisticated weapon to be used on the innocent people. if you consider their request, then pay all the families of those killed especially solders, police and the rest of the pple. if you don’t do that, know that you are partial and God will not forgive you, their blood will be on your head. The animals say they will seize fire, that’s for some time O, later they will give another request which will come back to the islamazation of the country. God will never allow that to happen in Jesus name.

    You are still blind about what Islam can do, continue to meet their demand you hear, you will regret it. Light and darkness can never work together. you have power but you don’t know how to use it that is why they are turning you like a small baby. Just know that Islam is not at peace when a christian is on power. THEY WILL NEVER SEIZE FIRE! IT IS JUST PURE LIE.

    I want you to release all my brothers and youths of plateau in Jos prison, some taken to Abuja innocently because they fought back this evil animals. since christian are peaceful, you don’t want to help them. pay boko haram 48 mill and also pay christian churches that have being destroy. dont’ try God O. He knows how to handle such situations and every stuborn hearts.

  3. Al-hassan Reply

    May let what i read bcome true 4 the sake of the Blessing in the month which the talk beging(Ramadan).

  4. Ahmed Ayodele Reply

    A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IF IT IS TRUE! ALSO KUDOS TO THE FED GOVT AND BH SECT FOR LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF REASONING.SHAME TO THE BLOOD-SUCKING OUTSIDE WORLD WHO WANT TO SEE NIGERIA CONFLAGRATE FOR THEM TO MARKET THEIR DEMONIC INVENTIONS CALLED WEAPON.BE YOU HAUSA,IGBO,YORUBA ETC ,I SAY UNITED WE STAND.LET OUR POLITICAL LEADERS LEAD US WELL.THEY SHOULD NOT TURN NIGERIA INTO AN OCTOGENARIAN STATE:RECYCLING JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND POSITIONS AMONGST THEMSELVES,FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE SURGING UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS.EDUCATION WITHOUT OPPORTUNITY IS AKIN OR TANTAMOUNT TO AN IDLE MIND WHICH IS THE DEVIL’S…? I BELIEVE IF THE LOOTERS AND PSYCOPHANTS IN NIGERIA ARE TO BE THE TARGETS OF BH, ORDINARY NIGERIANS WOULD HAVE APPLAUDED & ENDORSED THEIR COURSE.MAY GOD BLESS US WITH SELFLESS AND GOOD LEADERS IN THE MOULD OF SARDAUNA,ZIK,AWOLOWO,BALEWA,ENAHORO,LATE ATTAH OF EBIRA LAND AND JULIUS NYERERE ETC.GOD BLESS NIGERIA-AMEN!

  5. Maimudu Bada Reply

    This is sheer stupidity. So the sect could ask for Diyya? What happens to the families hundreds of innocent civilians that the sect killed?

  6. Umar Reply

    How I wish they’ll com to an agreement. Let us have peace.

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