A renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, has disclosed that there is ongoing dialogue between the federal government and Boko Haram through his intervention.
Sheikh Bauchi stated this yesterday in Bauchi while briefing journalists on the birthday of Great Tijjaniyya, the late Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass in Bauchi.
He said: "Several months back we had started making effort to intervene and negotiate between the Boko Haram and the federal government. We did our best and located them through a scholar, Sheikh Umar Mohammed Diyar, who assisted us in Damaturu .
"We told them that the ongoing killings of people is not in the interest of Islam, because presently in my schools over 600 people memorised the Holy Qur'an last year if there is no peace how can we get hundreds of Qur'anic memorisers?"
According to him, "After we discussed with the sect members, they agreed that they will dialogue with the federal government through me because they believe I will not betray the trust they bestowed on me, and after that, I told them I will meet with the federal government and they will seek for dialogue.
"We met the federal government; we told them that they have fire in their hands and these people also have fire and fire can't quench fire; let's resolve to dialogue and they agreed.
"The federal government asked Bauchi State government to set up a committee to dialogue through them. We started through the personal principal secretary to President Jonathan, Hassan Tukur; I also needed someone who knows the activities of government, so I invited a former secretary to the federal government, Alhaji Aminu Saleh Wamban Katagum, who said he will only be with me not with the federal government or the group and we agreed.
"After we met, we went back to them and told them that the federal government had agreed to dialogue with them on condition that their leader will come out to announce a ceasefire for three months or minimum of 40 days and government will stop arresting their members. They replied; they wanted it in writing and the government wrote a letter to them through me and I gave them."
Meanwhile, a retired deputy inspector general of police Mr. Abubakar Saleh Ningi has been killed in Kano State by yet to be identified gunmen along with two of his police aides. A source told LEADERSHIP last night that the retired DIG was shot along Sauna Kawagi road in Kano metropolis.