#SoundOff: Why Buhari’s Strategy Of Negotiations With Boko Haram Is Disheartening

#SoundOff: Why Buhari’s Strategy Of Negotiations With Boko Haram Is Disheartening

By Opinions | The Trent on July 28, 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari pictured at the presidential desk in Aso Rock (State House Photo)

by Wale Adebayo

Negotiation with Boko Haram?

If this is a core part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy against the Islamic militant group, Nigerians are in for it. It is very sad.

Punitive military action were taken against an area in Cross River/Akwa Ibom state recently with bombing runs against targets in the place. Why negotiate with Boko Haram now? Are we that weak as a country? Or there is another agenda or there has always been another agenda?

If this sails through, Buhari has given a blank cheque to the militants of the Niger Delta to return to the creeks. I am aware that certain things will be stopped concerning them. Unfortunately, if Boko Haram is not subdued, the local populations of the Niger Delta, who have better grievances against the Nigerian state, will surely ask their children to roll out.

This negotiation story is making me feel very sad. As our people would say, “A se eniyan ni ole?”

Wale Adebayo is publisher and editor-in-chief at Uhuru Times. He is on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.


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