Posted By: Rotimi FADEYI

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government would only negotiate with the Boko Haram sect from a position of strength and not of weakness.Femi-Adesina

Buhari had in his inaugural speech on May 29 said priority of his government was to tackle the sect and put an end to insurgency in the country.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a statement issued yesterday said the government would not be averse to negotiation with the sect.

According to him, most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table.

“So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it. Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness, but that of strength”, he said.

He explained that the machinery put in place, and which would be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency.

Adesina stated that the approach was multinational in nature, stressing that relief was 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?”, Adesina asked.

He maintained that the machinery put in place would work in order to overcome the challenge of insurgency.

Adesina had in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Friday disclosed that the Federal Government would be open to negotiations with the Boko Haram sect if the group was willing to dialogue.

While speaking about the recent attack by the sect, Adesina said it was so sad that scores of people were killed in the vicious attack.

He said the killings by the sect would never break or weaken the resolve of the Buhari’s administration to overcome insurgency in the country

“You will notice that his first two weeks of administration were dedicated to tackling the insurgency. He visited Chad and Niger Republics and the following week, the Presidents of those countries also visited him in Abuja.

“The President of Benin Republic and the Defence Minister of Cameroon visited him; machinery is being put in place and once we’re through, we will see the end of the group. The target time for the deployment of the multinational force is July ending; that is in a couple of weeks”, Adesina said.

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