COMMENT ON DATTI AHMED FROM SAHEL BLOG
Originally posted on Sahel Blog:
Last week, news broke that the Federal Government of Nigeria was holding indirect talks with the rebel movement Boko Haram. Further reports emerged that “the group was ever ready to stop the bombings in the next four weeks only if the federal government would release all its arrested members as well as guarantee the security and safety of all members whose names would be given to the federal government through [a trusted mediator.” That trusted mediator was Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria. Then yesterday, in a major blow to the negotiations, Ahmed announced that he was withdrawing as mediator.
Some, of course, have said that talks were a non-starter no matter what. Reuters has pointed to rumored factionalization within Boko Haram as a reason why “it will be difficult to negotiate any ceasefire deal with all elements.” But Ahmed’s withdrawal points to an…
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