Nigeria: Boko Haram – FG to Adopt ‘Non-Violence’ Approach
The Minister of Defence Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed yesterday said government has initiated a new non-violence process in containing the Boko Haram insurgency which entails the halting the use of force.
He said government will abstain from active aggression with the Boko Haram and listen to their demands with a view to ending the uprising. “We prefer that non-violence means be used to express this concern and demands but even those who choose violence, we shall try to contain them and also listen to them to ensure what the government is doing is for the benefit of all Nigerians,” he said. “We are working with traditional and official leadership of the country to bring the Boko Haram elements to the negotiating table to understand what their grudges are; what their demands are. So it is the duty of the government of Nigeria to attend to the concern of every Nigerian. Earlier Ambassador Colamine said economic hardships and security challenges are the major problems confronting the world and Nigeria and Italy “have to cooperate to overcome them” because “solutions to security challenges will serve as solutions to other problems.”