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Is Boko Haram’s Conditions for Ceasefire Realistic? Arrest of Former Borno Governor | Selects Members of Mediation Group | Dialogue in Saudi Arabia



Just a few days after unleashing a bloody attack on a Catholic Church in Kaduna state, members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, say they are ready to ceasefire and have listed some conditions.

They include the arrest and prosecution of the former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. Channels TV reports that one Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz who claimed to be one of the leaders of the Islamic sect, made it known that the group will call for a ceasefire if the federal government arrests and prosecutes the immediate past governor of Borno State.

The group also insisted that the dialogue must not take place in Nigeria, but Saudi Arabia. According to him, the choice of Saudi Arabia was informed by the insincerity of the Nigeria government for dialogue and its betrayal in the past.

The Boko Haram spokesman further demanded that, all their members, who were arrested and are under the custody of security agencies must be released immediately, just as their wives and children who were displaced following the crises should be rehabilitated into the society to allow room for the much talked about dialogue with the Federal Government.

He also mentioned that five of its members have been mandated to liaise with five members of Borno Elders to find ways of meeting the federal Government to end the insurgency.

He listed the Nigerian mediators to include Alhaji Shettima Ali Mongonu, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Ambassador Gaji Galtimari and Barrister Aisha Wakil and her husband.

Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Reuben Abati told Channels TV that the President has gotten their offer and said it was a welcome development.

Now let’s recap their demands again: They want the former Governor of Borno state arrested because they claim that while he was in office, he sent securities to arrest and kill most of their members while practising their religion; they want the release of all their members in prison. They also want the mediation to take place in Saudi Arabia and they have listed the names of those they want present at the mediation.

It is understandable that a lot of blood has been shed and as Nigerians, we just want this over and done with. But what do you think about their demands? Are they realistic? Should the Federal Government succumb to their demands in order to stop the bloodshed?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. B.a kwaifa

    November 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

    All the way in the history of the past we had never witness inhumanity like the way boko haram are treated in Nigeria but now, it went to an extent that they will not want the reconciliation to be done in the coutry it may be due to inpersonation yet another advice let the saudi govt. Partake in nogotiation.

    • Ogg

      November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

      This person must be Boko Haram!! What nonsense inhumanity have they suffered? Huh? They themselves have inflicted inhumanity on the hundreds of their victims and their families. Children who will never see their fathers and/or mothers again, wives who will not feel their husband’s touch before bed, mothers who will become sole breadwinners of their respective homes and vice versa.. So please enlighten me on what inhumanity Boko Haram have suffered in the hands of the Nig Govt? None that they haven’t deserved and I say they deserve worse. These bloodsuckers will never repent. So please I implore you Mr B.a Kwaifa, don’t talk such nonsense. Keep your Boko Haram sympathy bull to yourself.

  2. xxxTTTxxx

    November 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

    These fools really think they’re important.
    BH could be Buhari’s handiwork because he lost. Hian! This way, it remains on GEJ’s record for life…
    Mediation my foot, it will now turn to negotiation. The bastards should be caught and killed. Simple.

  3. Kayode Rotimi

    November 2, 2012 at 7:17 am

    They know thier secret is not cover any longer and Buhari is thier leader.

  4. Akogwu

    November 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Naija should wise by now, ppl like Buhari nd co should be made to answer some questions on Boko Haram,Buhari nd co are full member nd sponsors, may his soul never no peace,

  5. Phantom

    November 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

    It is sad that things have gotten to this sorry impasse in Nigeria. The Federal Govt failed to curb the activities of this group when it was just a rag-tag team, now see where we are. Negotiating with terrorists is a no-no. All it does is buy temporary reprieve as another group will spring up to blackmail the government. Let the Federal Govt find a lasting solution to the massive insecurity in the land and stop adopting fire brigade approach to issues.

  6. skimpy

    November 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Never Negotiate with Terrorists!!

  7. huh?

    November 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Habba BN,if it is realistic,then the demand are not even much…atleast no demand for sharia state..really tired of all dis killing

  8. Sommie™

    November 2, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Welcome development? Really? A country where terrorists/militants are negotiated with, & unarmed dissents are jailed/murdered. Sadly Ironic. They should take a cue from the American govt who dealt with Al Quaeda & even took the fight to their own land & eventually whacked the life off their dirty, cunning, blood-thirsty bastard leader (osama). I’d totally lose faith/hope in this country if the govt decides to negotiate. You know what I think shouldn’t be negotiated? RESTORATIVE JUSTICE to the families of the innocent lot killed, & RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE to the satanic God-forsaken killer sect.
    I say, wipe the bloody bastards off the face of the earth. JTF should take them out back, & have bullets put through their brains, then ‘promptly’ declare a ceasefire after killing them.

  9. Missasokoro

    November 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Buhari started boko harem, it irritates me when they say he is in charge of negotiating!!!! Hiss,

  10. ola

    November 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

    hmmm November joke…

  11. Oyinade

    November 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Is this a joke? I don’t know what to say about their demands. How can you put your hands into fire and say that the fire should not burn you? Boko Haram have killed hundreds of people and they really think that they should not be punished for it. Wow!

  12. Glossy

    November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am

    If dialogue will stop the killings so be it. “Never negotiete with Terrorist” says who? I wish u are in are where these killings take place u will not be saying this. All the federal govt should do is to give their own conditions too and it should be done here in Nigeria. At the end of the day they will both agree on somethiing. Innocent Nigerians are dying Please.

  13. babe

    November 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Buhari, hmmmmm

  14. Princess

    November 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    If federal government meets these demands book haram wud still be around for a long time. 1. What was the rising for there uprising? At least we know the reason for the militant attacks. If u dnt know the cause of a problem how du solve it.

  15. Princess

    November 2, 2012 at 11:48 am


  16. Lolade

    November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Its only in Nigeria terrorist will be giving conditions to cease fire. Its a shame innocent vicitims are dying and families put into suffering. I believe Nigeria govt should spend the as much as possible to ensure this mental people are caught and punished.

  17. kem

    November 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    insult upon injury to our country

  18. konnie

    November 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    This is what happens when you negotiate with terrorists

  19. juci

    November 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I knew it all the names boko haram mentioned for peace talks in saudi arabia are all involved and participant in killing christians and bormbing churches maiming people and displacing people about now they want their killers to be set free what about the people they have killed? Every persons the boko haram have mentioned should be probed they are the main sponsors of this brutal organization they should all be arrested. Why waste the Nigerian tax payers money to go and settle their matter in saudi? Of course that money should be used in rehabilitate persons that are affected in the dam out break, people lost their lives, were displaced from their homes, bad roads etc. etc. but the sects wants to go to saudi for what because saudi has hands in this as well, the sects should be caught probed and dealt with. They have taken so many lives away, young, old, male and female not thinking about the consequencies of their behaviour. Pease mr president think and act wisely, think about the lost what was their gain in all of these?

  20. me

    November 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    perhaps the saudi government has a hand in this, whatever, LETS JUST SPLIT THIS ILLUSION called nigeria once and for all. ( i know an idiot will not agree with me.)

  21. dee

    November 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    look, we have seen too much to trust a group look BH. whatever Nigerian government has in mind should not include NEGOTIATION.

  22. Francis

    November 5, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Fed.govt shld not rush into negotiating with them,the question i have for them is that churches have been their target n those nominated are all Muslims meaning all Muslims are in support of their actions?what are they agitating for?

  23. John Hicks

    February 11, 2013 at 2:24 am

    To hell with Boko Haram. Nigerians have nothing to negotiate with those KILLERS! I think Nigerians have now seen those names that are sponsoring Boko Haram in our nation.

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