The Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Zanna Umar Mustapha says the much speculated plea for negotiations with the Federal Government by the Boko Haram insurgents is a welcome idea if the insurgents actually mean business.
Mustapha told journalists in Yola , Adamawa state capital ,shortly after returning from the Adamawa Burnt Bricks camp in Mubi South, where 12,000 Nigerian returning refugees from the Cameroun Republic who are mostly indigenes of Borno state camped.
Accompanied by the Director- General of the National Emergency Management agency , Alhaji Sani Sidi, Mustapha said he also heard and learnt of the speculated begging for negotiations from the terrorists in the media.
“I heard and read from the media of the said plea for negotiations by the insurgents, but sincerely speaking I do not know its source no authenticity of the speculation”, he declared.
He added: “If they want to negotiate and drop their arms and terrorist tendencies, I believe there is no problem”.
The Deputy Governor maintained that if the terrorists are tired and they want true and sincere negotiations, it is left for the Federal Government to accept or reject their advances, depending on the genuineness of their approach.