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Nigeria: Boko Haram call for peace with conditions

Nigeria: Boko Haram call for peace with conditions
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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.