A conflict reporter and popular journalist, Ahmad Sakilda, has reacted to a communiqué issued by a coalition of Northern groups, which called for a dialogue with Boko Haram.
Sakilda, who has several years of experience in reporting Boko Haram activities in the North-East of the country, said the terrorists might not be ready to embrace dialogue.
In a post on his verified Twitter’s handle on Friday, Sakilda, who had in many occasions questioned by security agencies over alleged closeness to some Boko Haram’s elements, said he believed the insurgents want to fight on.
He said : “Did #BokoHaram say they want dialogue, I doubt that. They want to fight, so give them what they want.”
The tweet :
— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) April 9, 2021
PlatinumPost reports that the coalition of northern groups had on Friday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to engage in dialogue with Boko Haram and bandits terrorising the country.
Arising from the ‘Northern peoples summit’ convened at Arewa House in Kaduna state, the coalition said northerners have “sunk lower in all indices of human existence” under the watch of the president and other leaders.
The coalition which consists of 17 groups including the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) made their resolutions known via a communique issued at the end of the summit.
They knocked northern leaders over what they described as the “hopelessness” being faced by residents in the region.
“The North invites the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari, Northern Governors and legislators to the fact that under their watch the North has sunk lower in all indices of human existence,” the communique stated.
“Delegates at the Summit commit to continuously engage in searching for solutions, as well as raising their voices against poor governance, corruption and absence of commitment to deal with insecurity, poverty and hopelessness among Northerners. Government should show effective presence in all ungoverned spaces in the North, ” the coalition said.