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Buhari rejects Boko Haram’s offer



Former Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has rejected his nomination by fundamentalist group Boko Haram to moderate the proposed talks between it and the Federal Government.

The sect, whose attacks have left hundreds of people dead, last month held out an olive branch to the government.  It, however, gave some conditions, one of which is that some eminent Northerners, including Gen. Buhari, should moderate talks, which it is proposing to take place in Saudi Arabia.  Yesterday, Gen. Buhari said he would not have anything to do with the talks.

“How can I represent the people I don’t know? That I didn’t believe in their cause and struggle. How can I work for government of Boko Haram?,” he said. The General spoke yesterday in Abuja after a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the political party on whose platform he contested the 2011 Presidential election.  “I do not know any member of the Boko Haram sect. I do not believe and I do not know of any religion that will go and kill people, burn schools”, Buhari said.  In his view, the Federal Government has lost control of the country’s security.

According to the Nation, Buhari said: “There was a stage when I mentioned that I agreed with one fellow, who said there are three Boko Haram groups – one of Muhammed Yusuf whom we know of.  A leader of the military then in Maiduguri did what we know in the military about internal security. They looked for Yusuf and handed him over to the police.  “A healthy young man who died under a very dubious manner in the police custody. Again, his in-law was murdered, their houses razed down.

I understand that Borno State government had to pay compensation. The second Boko Haram are the criminals attacking banks and market places stealing money and issuing statements that they are Boko Haram and I have no regret saying that the biggest Boko Haram is the Federal Government itself, because it has all the powers to stop anarchy in the country. Now, the social part of the country has been paralyzed, economic activities have stopped. People are no longer thinking of employment, they are thinking of what to eat and how to go about the following day.  “Why is it that government could not do it with all the military, police and other security agencies and with all the resources available?, he asked.

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