The Presidency said Saturday that the Federal Government is not averse to negotiation in its resolve to put an end to the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the country.
“Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table. So, if Boko Haram opts for negotiation, the government will not be averse to it,” a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said.
It added that “Government will, however, not be negotiating from a position of weakness, but that of strength. “
The statement further said: “The machinery put in place, and which will be set in motion soon, can only devastate and decapitate insurgency. It is multinational in nature, and relief is on the way for Nigeria and her neighbours.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute. He has battled and won insurgency before, he is poised to win again. It is a promise he made to Nigerians, and he is a promise keeper.
“But I say again, if the insurgents want to negotiate, no decent government will be averse to such. Didn’t the Taliban and Americans also negotiate in Afghanistan?”

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