A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi State, Hassan Alih Ogwu, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government not to go into any negotiation with the dreaded Boko Haram Islamist terror group.
The public affairs analyst who stated this during an interview recently, said that negotiating with terrorist group is not the practice all over the world and Nigeria’s case should not be an exception.
“I am not in support of any negotiation. What are we negotiating, to carve out an Islamic caliphate from Nigeria? That is what they are fighting for and as long as you are not ready to give in to that demand, there is nothing to negotiate.
“You don’t negotiate with terrorists. That is the convention all over the world and our own case shouldn’t be an exception,” he warns.
Speaking on the leadership crisis rocking the National Assembly, he said that leadership problem is not peculiar to National Assembly alone, adding that we equally have same crisis in the family and other aspects of our life like business, religious etc.
“The fact that it is happening at that level shows that they are not super human after all. The legislators are people from different schools of thought and orientation. Hence, you do not expect them to agree on all issues. As adults and independent persons, you will also expect disagreement and diverse opinion on issues.
“Having said that, it is important that national interest should supersede personal interests. The APC is a solid and responsible party and as such I am sure that they will not do anything that will put the country in confusion. It is unfortunate the leadership arrangement did not go the party way but like a good team, the substitute bench is as good as the first team.
“The only problem there is to have someone else from a rival and relegated player in your winning team. He might not be able to understand the tactics and the style of play. The real crisis is Ekweremadu. He has no business there as deputy senate president. He should do the honorable thing by going on relegation with PDP. We don’t want him to thwart our progress,” he averred.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari hinted that he is considering negotiation with Boko Haram if the sect is ready halt operation.

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