Should Nigerian Government Dialogue With Boko Haram ?
Some call them freedom fighters, FG called them terrorists while others believe they are not doing the right thing, but how ever are sympathetic to their cause.
There is a divergent view from the two biggest religions bodies in Nigeria, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA): Quote:
Dialogue With the Islamists now if you want peace! That is the message coming from the highest echelon of the Nigerian Muslim community to the Federal Government. The secretary general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Lateef Adegbite, disagrees With those With the position that Dialogue is not a viable option to end the Boko Haram crisis.
In fact, Adegbite takes a swipe at the leadership of the Christian Association (CAN), questioning their opposition to Dialogue With the Islamists. However, the NSCIA chief believes that for the Dialogue With the group to be effective, it must go side by side With incentives, employment generation and poverty alleviation. Adegbite also speaks, in this interview, on government’s new initiative on Almajiri education and his personal life.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN): Quote:
The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has advised the federal Government not to Dialogue With members of the Boko Haram sect, saying doing so will only create disharmony in the country.
Oritsejafor made this submission on Sundays while addressing newsmen shortly after attending the 46th annual convention of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, otherwise known as (Hadaddiyar Ekklisiyar Krista A Nigeria, HEKAN.
According to him part of what the Boko Haram was demanding that he sees as impossible was the islamisation of the country, asking, “will you discuss With somebody who is saying Nigeria must become a Muslim or an Islamic nation”?
The Christian leader who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion concluded, “I don’t think any sensible Government - whether the president is a Muslim or a Christian - will want to sit down and discuss such things, because it is the greatest instrument of disunity that this country will ever experience, how do you discuss that? So, I don’t see any basis for such discussion in the first place, I don’t know”.
According to him ,“There are about twenty-six different groups of Jihadists and Islamists, there are different groups. It is you the media that put them together and called them Boko Haram. So I don’t even know who they are."
The CAN President however, called for Dialogue among the different religious groups in the country for better understanding among themselves.
Now, the question is this:
How do you see the efforts of Federal Government to tackle the Boko Haram sect?
Should Nigerian Federal Government Dialogue With Boko Haram ?
P.s : Please, Answer without any religion or sectarian bias.
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