Chibok Girls:We Will Not Negotiate With Boko Haram ...David Mark

Senate President, David Mark, on Saturday ruled out any form of negotiation with Boko Haram insurgents for the release of the over 200 girls abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
He said the insurgents had declared war on the country, saying the government would respond likewise.
Mark said this at Ikom, Cross River State, during an empowerment programme organised by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, for the people of the central senatorial district.
The Senate President said government was initially ready for peace but it appeared the perpetrators of terrorist activities and their supporters were not ready.
Mark said despite local and international pressure on the Federal Government, over the abduction, government would not negotiate the release of innocent girls with criminals.
He added that government would use all resources at its disposal to bring the issue of Boko Haram to a logical end.
He said, “I take pain to say something very important. This government will not yield to blackmail. This government will not negotiate with criminals and this government will not exchange people for criminals.
“A criminal will be treated like a criminal and this government in no distant time will bring the issue of Boko Haram and insecurity in this country to a logical conclusion. We would spare no efforts at all in bringing the insecurity situation in the northern part of this country to an end.
“We would mobilise all our resources. People declare war on us, we would also declare war on them. The government was ready for peace, but obviously, the Boko Haram people and their supporters were not ready and we are going to deal with them in a manner that people deal with terrorists and insurgents.
“It is not by negotiation. If the language they will understand is the language of force, the government has got all the resources to do that.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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