ABUJA – Mr Okey Wali, the President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), on Thursday urged the Federal Government to engage Boko Haram insurgents in dialogue to achieve meaningful peace and progress in Nigeria.
Wali said this in Abuja during a valedictory session of the Supreme Court in honour of the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa.
“This is why the NBA has continued to advise that the President engages the insurgents and never let-off because of the intransigence of the insurgents.
“That way, we will most probably get to the bottom of the matter,’’ Wali, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said.
He observed that there existed three Boko Harams – the political Boko Haram, the religious Boko Haram and the criminal Boko Haram.
Wali said that government needed to find out by engaging the insurgents, what was their ideology and who were the proponents of the ideology.
Citing global instances of how such engagement worked, Wali said that the Obama administration in the U.S. exchanged five Guantanamo Bay detainees for one American Sergeant.
Wali said that notwithstanding some sentiments against engaging the insurgents, engagement of the insurgents was a sensible option.