The federal government on Friday confirmed that it is holding talks with representatives of the proscribed Boko Haram terrorist group and other key stakeholders in far away Saudi Arabia and that the insurgents have agreed to a ceasefire.
The discussions are aimed at negotiating the return of peace to the North east and safe release of more than 200 school girls abducted from their hostels in Chibok, Borno State six months ago, as well as other captives.
The coordinator, National Information Centre and Director General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mike Omeri, confirmed this during a media briefing on Friday.
Omeri said both sides have declared a ceasefire in furtherance of the discussions.
“We can confirm to you that there have been contacts between the government and representatives of Boko Haram. From the discussions, they indicated their desire for and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues,” he said.
Omeri assured the process will result in the return of normalcy, especially in parts of the country troubled by the activities of terrorists.
He added that it was a proof of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to peace and security in Nigeria.