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Boko Haram ‘announces’ ceasefire

Boko Haram ‘announces’ ceasefire
October 17
15:58 2014
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Boko Haram has announced a ceasefire, following successful peace negotiations with the federal government.

The news was confirmed in Abuja on Friday by Alex Badeh (pictured), an air chief marshal and chief of defence staff; and Mike Omeri, coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC).

Since the 2009 killing of Mohammed Yusuf, its founder, by the police, Boko Haram has overseen the killing of an estimated 10,000 people, majority of them in the northeast.

Omeri specifically said Boko Haram had declared a ceasefire that the government would honour.

“We can confirm to you that there have been contacts between the government and representatives of Boko Haram,” he said.

“The discussions are essentially in relation to the general insecurity in the northeast and also the need to rescue all captives of the terrorists, including the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state.

“From discussions, they indicated their desire for and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues. They also assured that the school girls and all other people in their captivity are all alive and well.

“Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in similar vein, declared a ceasefire.”

Continuing, he assured Nigerians that the greater goal of the process was to restore normalcy to the land, especially in parts of the country troubled by the activities of terrorists.

“President Jonathan’s commitment to peace and security in Nigeria and indeed, all parts of the world has been the driving force of all engagements and measures taken since the war on terror began in the country,” he said.

The government named the Boko Haram negotiator as Ahmadu Danladi, the security officer of the sect, while Idris Derby, president of Chad, is negotiating on behalf of the Nigerian government.

Full text of Omeri’s briefing is reproduced below:

TEXT OF THE MEDIA BRIEFING BY THE COORDINATOR, NATIONAL INFORMATION CENTRE (NIC)/DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL ORIENTATION AGENCY (NOA), MIKE OMERI, OFR ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 AT THE NATIONAL BRIEFING CENTRE, GARKI, ABUJA.

UPDATE ON THE WAR AGAINST TERROR IN THE COUNTRY
1. We can confirm to you that there have been contacts between the government and representatives of Boko Haram.

2. The discussions are essentially in relation to the general insecurity in the North East and also the need to rescue all captives of the terrorists, including the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

3. From the discussions, they indicated their desire for and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues.

4. They also assured that the school girls and all other people in their captivity are all alive and well.

5. Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in similar vein, declared a ceasefire.

6. Finally, this is to assure Nigerians that the greater goal of this process is to ensure the return of normalcy in the land, especially in parts of the country troubled by the activities of terrorists. President Jonathan’s commitment to peace and security in Nigeria and indeed, all parts of the world has been the driving force of all engagements and measures taken since the war on terror began in the country.

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7 Comments

  1. Ade
    Ade October 17, 16:51

    Cease fire? That is diversionary. The Air Chief Badeh once told Nigerians that the Military knew where the abducted Chibok girls were and few days later he recanted! The Boko Haram boys are bunch of criminals and should not be allowed to give smokescreen cease fire at this time the military is really gaining incursion into their camps and getting their ranks decimated by the day. The Military should take advantage of their ‘truce’ to smoke them out and make them to give accounts of their stewardship. Cease fire ko, cease fire ni.

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  2. louis
    louis October 17, 19:18

    How come the ceasefire is coming barely 4months to election

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  3. Alkun
    Alkun October 17, 22:02

    I have mixed feeling about this whole issue of cease fire. This announcement suppose to come only after the hostages release have been fully securred. Why, if the GEJ led government has nothing to do with boko haram insurgency for political manupolation,

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  4. Alkun
    Alkun October 17, 22:42

    If it is just cease fire and not disarmament then it is no good news at all. TAN must have collected signatures of Boko Haramists in support of GEJ re election bid to secure the cease fire. What happens after GEJ re election is not significant. Terror can go on while GEJ enjoys what he wants most- POWER! That can only explain the fanfare celebration of cease fire instead of disarmament,while the terrorists keep their weapons to use on Nigerians after the election to prepare for 2019 election!

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  5. Shebe
    Shebe October 19, 13:49

    Ceasefire is a must after exhausting their ammunitions. Thanks be to Allah for cutting off their source of supply. May Almighty Allah expose those are behind BH.

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  6. suleman
    suleman November 11, 18:17

    hello

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