Coalition warns FG against negotiating with Boko Haram

The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has advised the Federal Government not to negotiate with the Boko Haram.


The group stated this during a protest march to the Ministry of Defence in Abuja, the Nigerian Army Headquarters and the Federal Ministry of Information on Thursday.

The protesters led by the Secretary General of CATE, Mr Daniel Obaje, said, “We all are not unaware of recent trends in the very successful fight against terrorism as instituted by the dedicated government of President Muhammadu Buhari, has achieved high percentage achievements in this area of ensuring national stability and peace.

“However, certain elements in the nation who have overtime benefited from the spoils of violence and its antecedent followings have risen to distract the vision and drive of this administration to putting a final nail to the coffin of these saboteurs (terrorists).

“It is common knowledge also that recently, there have been continued calls from several quarters for the Federal Government to consider the issue of negotiation with the terrorist group, Boko Haram even as certain personalities have suggested themselves as go-between in this malevolent plot which will inadvertently circumvent the victory against terror.

“We are solely and totally in support of the present position of the Federal Government to match strength for strength. It is gross sabotage for anyone to moot the idea of negotiation with the Boko Haram group who till date, has not defined the purpose for their agitation.

“Any attempt to negotiate with terror groups in the country will rather serve as open invitation from other miscreants to hold the nation’s peace to ransom in anticipation of financial and other selfish aggrandisement”.