NAN – Some residents of Borno State on Monday, July 6, 2015 cautioned the Nigerian government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign.
Those who spoke in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
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?” Mr. Usman retorted.
Mr. Usman urged government to emulate the recent actions of the Chadian and Nigerien governments in dislodging the insurgents from their countries.
Goni Yahuza, another scholar, said 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”, Mr. Yahuza said.
He added that government must deploy all resources available in ending the insurgency within a reasonable time.
“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”, Mr. Yahuza said.
Mohammed Mala, a businessman, commended the gallant efforts of the Nigeria military in fighting insurgents and urged them to do more.