This Day (Lagos)

7 November 2012

Nigeria: Makinde - Boko Haram Can't Dictate Truce Terms

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Bombing continues as citizens advocate for talks with Boko Haram

The Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Sunday Ola Makinde, has agreed that the Federal Government should enter into a dialogue with the militant group, Boko Haram but declared that such should not be on the terms of the group.

Makinde, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan shortly after the inauguration and dedication of Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu House which was donated by Chief Bode Akindele, conceded that to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war.

The cleric, who reviewed the tenure of violence, bloodletting and deaths visited on Christians and Churches by the group, flayed the Boko Haram sect for setting conditions for reconciliation with the government when in actual fact it was the aggressor in the whole set up.

"There is no harm in reconciliation as the government exists for the good of all Nigerians but reconciliation for a group that has caused Nigeria and Nigerians much pain and agony should not be on their terms and conditions but on the conditions of the government and the people.

"It is unimaginable that they are setting terms for reconciliation and even naming those to be on the government side and the venue is unacceptable to the Church and Christians in Nigeria.

"However, if the government agrees to such dialogue, the government should first of all be ready to pay compensation to the families of Christians who have been victims of this group mindless killings, reconstruct all the burnt and destroyed churches by the group indiscriminate bombings," he said.

He reminded the Federal Government that acceding to the terms of reconciliation of the group is dangerous and could set forth a chain of militancy in the country.

On 2015 polls, Makinde urged politicians to build on the successes in Edo and Ondo States gubernatorial elections and concentrate on performance.

"By now, they would have seen that the electorates value performance in office and not the amount of campaign slogans and money you can throw about.

"Above all, we must pray to God to intervene in our polity and in the election by 2015.

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