NIC Boss Omeri Speaks On Boko Haram Ceasefire

NIC Boss Omeri Speaks On Boko Haram Ceasefire

The Coordinator, National Information Centre, Mike Omeri has said the government’s engagements and negotiations with the Boko Haram insurgents shows President Goodluck Jonathan’s resolve to end insurgency, ensure security and peace in Nigeria.

While giving live update on Friday, on the ceasefire agreement reached between the Federal Government and Boko Haram sect to end insurgency, Omeri confirmed that the government has made contact with representatives of Boko Haram, NAN reports.

One of the commanders of the sect, Danladi Ahmadu, is representing the sect in the talks, while the Principal Private Secretary to the President is representing the government, the coordinator said.

He said: “The discussions are essentially in the relation to the general insecurity in the North-East and also the need to rescue all captives of the terrorists, including the students of Government Secondary School, Chibok.

“From the discussion, they, terrorists, indicated their desire for and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues,’’ he said.

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According to Omeri, the negotiation was being facilitated by President Idris Derby of Chad and the essence is to end terrorism, free the Chibok girls and all those in captivity.

The NIC boss disclosed that the insurgents have given the assurance that all those in their captivity including the missing Chibok girls are well and alive and have promised to release them without attaching any condition to it.

Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in similar vein, declared ceasefire,’’ he said.

The coordinator assured Nigerians that the greater goal of the process was to ensure the return of normalcy to the country, especially in areas affected by the terrorists’ activities.

Not long ago, report surfaced that Boko Haram had finally agreed to free all the Chibok girls for 18 sect commanders currently in detention.


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