Boko Haram: Buhari rejects mediator role

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari
Muhammadu Buhari

The CPC leader said he opposes the Boko Haram’s actions.

 

A former Head of State and leader of the Congress For Progressive Change, CPC, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that he has no intentions of mediating between the insurgent Boko Haram group and the Federal Government.

Mr. Buhari, a CPC presidential candidate  in the 2011 elections, distanced himself from calls made by one Abu Abdulaziz, who claimed to be speaking for the Boko Haram sect and mentioned the retired General as a potential mediator with the government.

Mr. Abdulaziz  reportedly told journalists in Maiduguri last week, via a telephone conference, that the sect is willing to negotiate a ceasefire with the FG if Mr. Buhari mediated.

But shortly after emerging from a meeting of the Board of Trustees of his party, Mr. Buhari told reporters that he is not even considering the offer.

“I don’t know any Boko Haram member,and I can’t negotiate for the Federal Government,” Mr. Buhari said.

The retired general said the attempt to drop his name and associate it with the sect may have been the handy work of the government and PDP in their “continued quest to tarnish his image.”

The CPC had earlier on Tuesday issued a statement urging it’s leader to reject the offer.

Mr. Buhari also distanced himself from the actions of the sect saying “I do not believe and I do not know of any religion that will go and kill people, burn schools.”

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