Yesterday, Reuters reported that a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari stated that the Nigerian government was approached by a group claiming to be a faction of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, and that they are willing to hold peace talks.
According to a Reuters tally, the group have killed more than 600 people in Nigeria since Buhari was inaugurated as president on May 29 this year.
Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesman said, “a faction of the Boko Haram group came forward claiming to have the mandate to negotiate with the government.” He added that the government are trying to “verify their claims” on whether or not they have that kind of authority.
“It is now left for them to show proof that they have the mandate, but they made it clear they are representing a faction of Boko Haram that wants peace,” Shehu continued.
In the past there have been efforts to make a deal with the Islamist militant group. In 2014 Chad cultivated a agreement to end the violence but that and other attempts over the six-year insurgency led by the group have continually failed.
Recently, Boko Haram has increased their attacks in northern Nigeria as well as neighbouring countries.
Buhari has arranged to meet with his regional counterparts in Cameroon on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss a collaborative effort to crackdown on the group.