Ganduje Raises Fears Over Negotiation With Boko Haram



KANO State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has warned the Federal Government to be cautious in its resolve to negotiate with the Boko Haram insurgents.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ganduje, who was fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja yesterday, expressed fears that government might end up not talking with the genuine faction of the sect.

“I hope when we negotiate with them, we are negotiating with the correct people.

“Experience has shown that they have so many factions and if we are not lucky, we may be dealing with the wrong faction,” he cautioned.

The governor called on the local communities to be vigilant and be interested in their security by making intelligence information available to the security agencies

He said: “I believe the security agencies should have intelligence information to know what type of people we are dealing with.

“But most importantly is community policing. Communities should be interested in the whole security situation, because a lot of information can be received from the local people, which will assist the security agencies.

“People should be alert about security situation.”

Ganduje, however, expressed the hope that the forthcoming Sallah celebration would be peaceful owing to the milestones achieved by the Federal Government in the war against insurgency in the country.

“Sallah is a few days to come and we pray to Almighty Allah for a successful celebration.

“Already, we are expecting a peaceful Sallah because the President has done a lot in controlling insurgency in the north eastern part of the country, which normally flows to places like Kano, especially during Sallah celebration.

“We believe that with the efforts of Mr. President, the insurgency is down and we are expecting a hitch-free Sallah celebration,” he added.

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