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There should be no dialogue with Boko Haram - Nigerians
The Boko Haram sect has been a thorn in the flesh of all Nigerians. Many lives and properties have been lost in the course of their influx and the flow of innocent people's blood has yet to cease. The federal government has indicated that a dialogue with this group would ease their attacks on Nigerians. Nigerian Tribune took the matter to the court of the Nigerian public through a poll. Of the 666 people who participated in the poll, 333 (50 per cent) stood against the opinion, through their votes, while 321 people (48.2 per cent) opined that it would be a reasonable decision. 12 people (1.8 per cent) voted indifferent.
The question was also posed on our facebook page, where respondents were able to express their opinions on the issue. Doyin Adeoye brings the excerpts.
IFEDAYO AKINLEYE: Dialogue with BokoHaram! That would be a factual fact of retrogression. I don't support that. Doing that will give the blood-sucking sect more advantage.
Moses Oluwasegun: CAPITAL NO.
Toheeb Demola: Yes. The reason being that I have been to Adamawa State and I know the level of security in the state, most especially the Nigerian Army. They are really trying their best, but in spite of all these Boko Haram still carries out its barbaric and ungodly attitude that is totally alien to the loving people of Nigeria. Could u (you) as a journalist account for or mention the number of lives of ordinary Nigerians that have been wasted. NB the America that went to war with the Arab State is regretting now bcos (because) they have now realised that the people they are fighting are rebels, they have no identity, no base and they are faceless. The same applies here in Nigeria, today they will be in Sokoto, tomorrow in Kaduna, next Abuja. Dialogue is the best solution to the problem, like what the former president did to Niger Delta militants. God bless Nigeria.
Aliyu B Hussaini Aujara: They should not talk with Boko Haram b/c (because), there is no room 4(for) that.
Adeniyi Oluwafisayomi: No cos (because) d (the) matter has been involved with politics, bt (but) instead, d (the) govt (government) should find a means of securing the country.
Adedigba Racheal Oluwabunmi: Only God can secure.
Arowolo DRbrown Kazeem: I welcome the idea of having a dialogue with Boko Haram cos (because) whenever 'terrorism' springs up in a place with many circumstances surrounding it, it doesn't go down using force. We have several examples around the world, Israel/Palestine, Taliban against NATO etc. Let the FG (federal government) talk to these guys (Boko Haram) to see if what they are clamouring for can be met. Nobody will be happy if Nigeria turns to another Somalia. Having a dialogue with them doesn't mean we don't av (have) a good government.
Raji Opeyemi: I'm not in support of that, it means we don't have good government in this country, instead of dialogue, the president should resign bcos (because) he is not capable again. Could anyone call himself Boko Haram during the regime of Obasanjo?
Aigbe Isah: Will dis (this) solve d (the) problem? If yes, it's ok but if not CAPITAL NO. Long live Nigeria.
Sanjo Adesegun: Yes, I agree bcos (because) by doing this d (the) causes of their grievances will be known and the solution will be tabled.
Owolabi Ayodeji Oluwaseun: Bullshit and 100 per cent rubbish. How can you negotiate with the devil?
Salami Babatunde: It is just a means of creating opportunities for some crook and greedy politicians who are behind the whole scenario to get their personal desires.
Simon A Samuel Anayorlynow: How can d (the) federal government of a country dialogue with terrorists. Pls (please) we should have a rethink. What are we encouraging?
Emoruwa Olabode-Promise: If dey (they) are ready 2 (to) dialogue with FG, FG too sud (should) go ahead to dialogue wit dem (them), dat (that) will go a long way in putting an end 2 (to) d (the) security challenges in d (the) country. It does not mean dat (that) we don't have government or maybe our government is weak, dialogue is part of d (the) tools expected of d (the) government 2 (to) use in solving challenges.
Peter Ogun: No, why should d (the) federal government dialogue with a dissident group if it should then other ethnic militia shd (should) be dialogued with and we must be careful not to legalise juntalism in our body politic . Boko Haram was d (the) creation of d (the) political class in d (the) north so let d (the) northern elite find solution to d (the) menace.
Olakunle Adewumi Samson: Yes they should do so, if that can solve d (the) problem.
Raji Idowu: Yes federal government should dialogue with them. Dialogue is the answer to our problem.
Gabriel Oluwafemi: No, it is wrong, I do not support.
Harbey Lincoln: How can u (you) negotiate with sm1(someone) u (you) don't know, y (why) can't they get rid of dem (them) once and for all since dey (they) are d (the) 1 (one) behind it.
Emmanuel Agi: I see no reason 4 (for) dat.
Ahmed Ogundare: Dialogue is not the problem but the question is how will it go?
Olusoga Basola: Capital NO. They are asking for compensation for members killed, who will compensate the families that lost loved ones due to their activities?
Olarsunmade Real-One Live-wire: Yes! It will be very much better if the FG can do that, to ease the menace 4rm (from) Boko Haram and serve the interest of Nigerians. With life, everything can be done.
Ajagun David: NO. If the FG dialogues with them, another Haram will surface, it then becomes a merry-go-round.
Akinbohun Olalekan: Y (why) should FG? Boko Haram is a faceless terrorist group, how can u (you) dialogue with a ghost? Let the president take d (the) bull by d (the) horn and damn this useless northern oligarchy whose interest is to drain this country to feed their useless Usman Dan ego.
Omoruyi Samuel: Yes