BY SONI DANIEL, Regional Editor, North
As the Boko Haram sect continues its bombing campaign in parts of the north, indication has emerged that the Federal Government may be under pressure to open fresh negotiations with the group.
Vanguard learnt last night that the pressure was being mounted on the Presidency by diplomats from the European Union and America, who felt that it was too early for the Nigerian government to discontinue with dialogue with the sect, which the U.S has labelled a terrorist organisation.
A top source in the Presidency confirmed the mounting pressure from the international community on the Federal Government to open fresh talks with the sect in a bid to end the cycle of violence that had claimed many lives and property in country.
The source said: “It is true that there is renewed pressure on the Federal Government for it to reopen negotiations with the sect.
“The international community is keen on fresh negotiation because they do not believe the government should back out at his time.
The source, who did not want to be quoted, said however, that the government was feeling reluctant to go back to the negotiation table when its initial offer of amnesty was largely rebuffed by the terrorists.
Afterwards, the sect, however, stepped up its killing and maiming campaigns in the north.