The Federal Government on Monday announced that it has signed a ceasefire agreement with the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’ awatil wal Jihad, better known as the Boko Haram sect.
The Minister for Special Duties, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki made the disclosure while speaking on a programme on Radio France International Hausa service. The ceasefire agreement came less than 48 hours after a secondary school in Yobe State was attacked by suspected Boko Haram members who killed 29 students and a teacher. The ceasefire would also be ushering in the holy month of Ramadan.
The peace accord obviously came as a surprise to many Nigerians, especially with the state of emergency declaration in 3 states and the subsequent clampdown on Boko Haram members. To cap it up, it was first heard on foreign media.
Meanwhile, the British Parliament will decide on Friday whether to criminalize support and membership of the Boko Haram sect which has been outlawed by the Nigerian Government.