Immediate past spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd), has revealed that some Boko Haram elements have approached him for dialogue as a way of ending the seeming intractable insurgency in the North-East zone.
Anas, who is now the Executive Secretary of Centre for Crisis Communication, CCC, an independent outfit, expressed support for the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that the Federal Government was ready to dialogue with genuine leaders of the terrorist group.
The retired air force officer said that Buhari’s new position had become imperative in view of the fact that military option alone had failed to resolve the issue.
Anas told a press conference that he and his team were already in the process of facilitating a meeting with relevant government agencies.
“The centre however suggests that such dialogue should be done with every sense of caution and responsibility bearing in mind the previous disappointments that attended attempts at negotiations.
“Considering the unspeakable atrocities which the group has visited on Nigeria and Nigerians, this option is no doubt a hard sell. However, the recent statement by President Muhammadu Buhari on government’s readiness to negotiate with credible members of the sect has rekindled the hope for dialogue.
“The centre views this gesture as good. It has opened a window of opportunity for dialogue for those insurgents that are willing and ready to lay down their arms. This position is predicated on calls made to this Centre by some members of the Boko Haram requesting for genuine and comprehensive dialogue that could lead to hundreds of them coming out to renounce their membership.
“Nevertheless, the centre will continue to support and encourage all efforts towards bringing insurgency to an end in our country,” he stated. On the lingering on the National Assembly crisis, the CCC appealed to all the contending individuals, groups or parties to ‘shield their swords’ in the national interest “knowing how far-reaching and negative effect political crisis of this dimension could continue to be in inflaming passions, creating divisive tendencies, and ultimately translating in crisis.”
He then urged the legislators to take the lead of President Buhari and slash their remunerations to demonstrate to Nigerians that they are also sympathetic to the current financial challenges of the nation and ready to make sacrifices to make Nigeria better.

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