By Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja
The Federal Government has welcomed the news of Boko Haram’s readiness for dialogue to end vilence in the country.
Minister of Information Labaran Maku said government from outset is open to dialogue.
“We have heard the news. The position of government from the beginning has been that we are prepared to negotiate and dialogue with members of this group because we believe they are Nigerians and they are our children.
“It is a known fact that violence has disrupted social and economic activities in some parts of Northern Nigeria.
“We have accepted dialogue as a way of bringing the situation to an end as quickly as possible.
“We have always called on those engaging in violence to stop because violence can’t solve any problem. So we welcome the decision to dialogue,” he said.
The Voice of America on Tuesday quoted a purported spokesman for Boko Haram, Habu Mohammed, as saying that the group was engaged in direct talks with the government to end violence in the North.