Borno State government has said that negotiation between the federal government and Boko Haram would be a welcome development.
The state deputy governor, Alhaji Zannah Umar Mustapha told a press conference in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, that the development was an accepted welcome idea.
Mustapha, however, said the federal government should enter any negotiation with the terrorists on the condition that they (terrorists) be fully “committed to laying down their arms for peace” in the North East geo-political zone of Nigeria.
The deputy governor was returning from the Burnt Bricks of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp that accommodates over 3, 000 returning Borno indigenes from Cameroun Republic, in company of the director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Sidi, to Mubi.
He said, “I heard and read from the media of the said pleas for negotiations by the insurgents, but sincerely speaking I do not know its source; no authenticity of the speculation. The insurgents are tired and they want true and sincere negotiations, it is left to the federal government to accept or reject their advances, depending on the genuineness of their approach to this incessant, insane mass killings and bombings in Nigeria, including schools, markets and hospitals.”
Addressing the returnees camped in Mubi South, Mustapha said that 3, 488 persons had so far returned to Nigeria via Mubi, a border town to Cameroun, and that they had been refugees in Cameroun after the terrorist attacks in Gambouru and Ngala communities of Borno State.
He said they would be temporarily camped at Fufure and Malkohi designated camps in Adamawa State where they would be searched and screened by security agencies.

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