Orji Kalu offers to replace Buhari in dialogue with Boko Haram

Orji Uzor-Kalu
Orji Uzor-Kalu

Nov. 11 (PREMIUM TIMES) — A former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, has offered to dialogue with Boko Haram on behalf of the Federal Government.

Mr. Kalu made the offer following a purported proposal by the sect requesting a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, to dialogue with government on its behalf. Mr. Buhari has since declined the role.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Emeka Obasi, Kalu said there was nothing wrong with the refusal of the offer by Buhari, adding that he was in a position to talk with the group for the return of peace to the country.

He said that having lived in the hotbed of Boko Haram activities, Maiduguri in Borno State and being a prominent South Easterner, which has been largely affected by the activities of the group, he was in a position to marry the feeling of the actors in the dialogue process.

Mr. Obasi quoted Kalu as saying: “General Buhari took a laudable step by opting out.

“For one who contested the 2011 presidential election, meeting with Boko Haram may be misconstrued because many believe that the group’s activities heightened after the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Mr. Kalu, who is also the protem leader of the nascent socio-cultural organisation, Njiko Igbo, added: “Ndigbo have suffered enough.

“Their businesses have been destroyed, lives lost. Nigeria is their country. I do not see why they cannot walk freely from Maiduguri to Mubi, from Borno to Bauchi. I lived in Maiduguri. I still own properties there. I know the terrain.

“We can sit down and dialogue on the condition that the group will cease all bombing activities in Nigeria. In the interest of peace, I think government should accept the peace move. Previously, they were almost faceless. Now, there is a window for peace. It is always good to jaw-jaw than to war-war. Both Islam and Christianity preach peace.

“A situation where going to serve God becomes a walk into bloodbath does not help our spiritual lives. No family prays to lose four, five members to bombs in a war that seems to set one religion against the other.”




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  • BlackieUmukoro

    This orji kalu self, l tire. Why are you seeking cheap publicity to the detriment of your people. For you to say that the boko hara atrocities increased after the 2011 election and that people alledgedly attribute it to Buhari is to say the least very stupid and standing truth on its head. In any case, you want to market arms to boko haram to further annihilate your people. Shege nyamiri, you want to market the blood of your people

  • Ibrymo Abdulkadir

    Orji Kalu am really glad you want to voluntarily replace your self with Gen. Buhari to lead as Mediator between BH and FG. But I hope BH will accept your offer…..PEACE dats wat we want now

  • Enemona

    Please, by all means necessary, go ahead. We support you and wish you good luck. We hope the presidency and BH accept your offer.

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    Never short of stunts. I have always loved this guy, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu. He is never deterred, always focused. Here he goes again, putting in everything to reclaim his place of pride in the Nigeria scheme of politics, Go on, son of the land! Onye ujo adighi aba uba! (A coward never grows wealthy).

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    Maiduguri is your other home. As a Maiduguri boy, you might even know some of the members. BOKO HARAM, but what is it?

  • En

    Orji Uzo Kalu is a master in thievery! He’s already smelling money in the whole thing. Please his offer should be rejected

    • Eziokwu bu Ndu

      You seem envious. You may consider joining him to negotiate with Boko Haram is your problem is the supposed money he may get. Why are many Nigerians visionless?

  • tata tata

    dead man walking…

    • Eziokwu bu Ndu

      What is your problem? He said, “send me”, even when all including you and Buhari have refused to go. Dead or living, allow him to walk Boko haram out of Nigeria. You baby killer!

  • I see an “Orji Kalu” who is trying so hard to be relevant when actually he is one of the nation’s biggest mistakes… my suggestion, let him go to hell, burn and then negotiation will start…

    • Eziokwu bu Ndu

      Shut up, Zeggy! He is a Master Strategist!!