CEASEFIRE: No agreement with Boko Haram – FG

CEASEFIRE: No agreement with Boko Haram – FG

The Federal Government yesterday said that it was yet to reach a ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram sect.

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It also said that discussions were still on- going on ways to end insurgency in the country.

Briefing State House correspondents after the Council of State meeting at the Presidential Villa, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio said that the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) presented a report to the Council on the current war against the insurgents as well as efforts to rescue the Chibok girls abducted in April.

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He said: “The NSA was of the opinion that high level contact with the Republic of Chad was made and that some persons who acted on behalf of Boko Haram and who claimed to have authority also had discussions with them and there are some Nigerian officials with them and of course, no agreement has been reached yet, it is just that the press probably misunderstood what was reported, the discussions are on-going.”

Akpabio noted that what came out of the NSA briefings was that the President would do everything possible to ensure the release of the Chibok schoolgirls and the protection of lives and property.

He noted that Council was satisfied that the defence ministry and all the security agencies have taken the right steps to combat insurgency in the country.

According to him, the Council urged Nigerians to be patient, stressing that the issue of insurgency could be easily resolved.

Akpabio also disclosed that the Council condemned the issue of discrimination in the country particularly on the basis of indigeneship.

By Rotimi Fadeyi

Imustalk Metro

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