Gov Shettima Declares Support For FG, Boko Haram Negotiation

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State says he remains committed to all genuine efforts aimed at bringing an end to insurgency in the North east.

Shettima, who spoke on Friday through his media aide, Isa Gusau, in response to the on-going dialogue between the federal government and representatives of the Boko Haram sect.

The discussion which is underway in Saudi Arabia is aimed at restoring peace to the war-torn region and ensuring the safe release of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped since April, as well as other captives held by the terrorist group.

Both sides have declared a ceasefire as further negotiations go on.

When prodded by journalists for further comments on the dialogue, Shettima declined, saying he would speak at the appropriate time.

The governor whose state has been most affected by the insurgency staged since 2009 by the Boko Haram sect has always advocated dialogue as a means to ending the war.

As apart of his own efforts to end the unnecessary killings, governor Shettima had set up of the Tanimu Turaki led committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in 2013, which worked actively and remained in force until now.

He had also thrown his weight behind members of the Vigilante group, otherwise known as the Civilian JTF, supporting them with cash gifts and other incentives, in appreciation of their bravery in confronting the sophisticated terrorists with crude weapons.

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