November 13, 2014
In recent weeks, news of a ceasefire agreement between the Nigerian Government and Boko Haram insurgents has captured the attention of the media and the public. The reported truce, which included promises of releasing the abducted Chibok girls, received mixed reactions worldwide. Some viewed it as a positive development, while others saw it as a mere attempt by the government to salvage its image amidst the ongoing insurgency.
However, the unfolding events in the North-East have cast doubt on the authenticity of the ceasefire. Fresh attacks and fighting between the conflicting parties continue unabated, with the Nigerian military and intelligence officials still engaged in battles with the insurgents. Reports of violence and kidnappings persist, undermining the credibility of the supposed peace agreement.
In a video released by Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, he denies any ceasefire and rejects the possibility of future talks. This raises questions about the true identity of Danladi Ahmadu, who claimed to be the group’s Chief Security Officer and Senior Advisor, and the legitimacy of his role as a negotiator.
The lack of transparency and clarity surrounding the ceasefire raises doubts about the government’s handling of the situation. The propagandistic approach of the country’s leadership and defense chiefs has not helped in resolving the conflict but rather contributed to its escalation.
A ceasefire is meant to be a temporary halt in hostilities, leading to further negotiations for a lasting peace agreement. However, the reality on the ground indicates that both parties have not genuinely agreed to lay down their arms and work towards a permanent solution.
To achieve true peace in the North-East, a more sincere and focused approach is required. The Nigerian government must prioritize the well-being of its citizens and stop playing politics with their lives. Constructive strategies need to be implemented to address the root causes of the conflict and prevent future wars in the country.
It is not too late for the government to change course and pursue a genuine path towards peace in the North-East. Only then can Nigeria move closer to achieving positive and lasting peace in the region.
Founder/Executive Director, CPPBI