Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: 'FG Should Not Negotiate With Sect'

The Coordinator, Patriotic Alliance of Nigeria (PAN), Chief Maxi Okwu, has advised the Federal Government not to negotiate with the Boko Haram sect but deal decisively with the group.

Okwu, whose organization comprises members of opposition political parties, made the call on Sunday in a telephone interview while reacting to Sunday's bomb attack in Kano.

"Globally, nations no longer negotiate with terrorists. The hammer must fall heavily on the sect and especially their political sponsors whose sole aim is to destabilize the nation. These bomb attacks have gone out of hand and the sect has continued to thrive because of their sponsors", Okwu said.

Mr. Tony Uranta, the Executive Secretary of the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), said that the Federal Government should abandon any planned negotiations with the Boko Haram sect.

"We demand that the Federal Government must cease every move toward holding talks with these monsters unless and until they abandon this callously inhumane modus operandi that has claimed thousands of innocent lives. There is no justification for the existence of the Boko Haram sect. Enough is enough as Nigeria belongs to all", he said.

The President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shetima, said, "the perpetrators and their sponsors must be traced and brought to book.

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