Radical Islamist group Boko Haram want peace talks with the Nigerian government.
The jihadist sect have been engaged in a campaign of violence against the government since 2009.
The group has set conditions on any talks. They must be chaired by Muhamed Buhari, a Muslim colonel who once ruled Nigeria, and held in Saudi Arabia. They also want a former governor arrested.
Some believe any talks are ill advised:
“They never have a right to tell the government what to do because they are terrorists and terrorists have to be detained, not to be released,” said one man on the streets of Abuja.
The intensity and frequency of the violence attributed to the group has sent shockwaves through the country.
In August 2001 the Boko Haram attacked a UN building complex in the capital Abuja killing at least 18 people.
Previous peace talks fell through, but efforts to make contact with the organisation have improved since Prime Minister Goodluck Jonathan installed a Muslim colonel from the north, where Boko Haram is based, as security adviser.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Caught on camera – children drugged and beaten in Romanian kindergarten
- 2Scientists baffled by two new holes discovered in Siberia
- 3Russia defiant in face of tough EU-US sanctions
- 4#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 5Gaza: Deaths at Jebalya school after Israeli strike
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 2Air Algerie plane ‘crashes’ over Sahara
- 3Eastern Ukrainians ‘hate Russian-led guerrillas’ — Arseniy Yatsenyuk
- 4Ukraine: ‘Disappointment’ at Yatsenyuk resignation
- 5Caught on camera – children drugged and beaten in Romanian kindergarten
Wires > News
- 17:16 CET EU relations to be put to Swiss voters again, president says
- 16:45 CET Sierra Leone declares emergency as Ebola death toll hits 729
- 16:38 CET U.S. says hopeful of WTO deal with India only hours before deadline
- 16:33 CET Turks abroad begin voting in landmark presidential election
- 16:19 CET Quakes strike Myanmar, India’s Andaman Islands; no tsunami warning
- 15:09 CET Greek court ruling on migrant shootings causes outrage
- 14:48 CET Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets green light, but troubles remain
- 14:32 CET Ukraine blocks premier’s resignation, backs laws