Most residents of Borno State have on Monday kicked against the President Muhammed Buhari-led administration rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign.
The residents will rather prefer that the government concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
According to a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, Shieikh Musa Usman, government should equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
“We heard in the media that government was considering a dialogue option with the insurgents following the recent spate of attacks in the North east.
“Why should government dialogue with individuals who are only interested in killing and maiming innocent people?
“Is government saying that it cannot continue with the current anti insurgency war or what?
“Why must we be talking about dialogue when our neighbours are already dislodging the insurgents from their countries?.” Usman stated.
In the same vein, another scholar, Malam Goni Yahuza, said that negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
He said; “I do not support the idea of dialogue with Boko Haram because there is nothing to dialogue about.
“In the first place, I do not think that the group has something to talk about apart from violence”, Yahuza said.
“I believe that the Nigerian military has all its takes to crush the insurgents, what they need is proper motivation for the task.
“Government must strive hard to ensure that it puts an end to the insurgency in a short while,” Yahuza concluded.