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‘Didn’t the Taliban, US negotiate?’ – Presidency Insists On Amnesty For Boko Haram

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Saturday, July 4, 2015 explained his earlier statement concerning the willingness of the Federal Government to bring Boko Haram insurgents to the negotiating table.

Adesina had in an interview with BBC said that if Boko Haram insurgents would negotiate, President Buhari was willing to offer them amnesty.

In a bid to defend the comments has brought about several unsavoury comments and remarks from a broad spectrum of Nigerians, Adesina on Saturday, July 4, 2015 released a statement titled: “Amplification of Comments on Negotiations with Boko Haram.”

According to Adesina, all wars, no matter how vicious, always “end around the negotiation table.”

He said: “The machinery put in place, and which will be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency. It is multinational in nature, and relief is on the way for Nigeria and her neighbours. President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute. He has battled and won insurgency before, he is poised to win again. It is a promise he made to Nigerians, and he is a promise keeper.

“But I say again, if the insurgents want to negotiate, no decent government will be averse to such. Didn’t the Taliban and Americans also negotiate in Afghanistan?”

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