Nigeria’s Senate President, David Mark
VOICE OF NIGERIA
26 May, 2014
Senate President, David Mark has 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.
Mark said the insurgents had declared war, saying the government would respond likewise. He was speaking at an empowerment programme organised by the Senate Leader,Victor Ndoma-Egba, for the people of the central senatorial district in Ikom, Cross River State.
Local and international pressure
“Despite local and international pressure on the Nigerian government over the abduction, government will not negotiate the release of innocent girls with criminals,’’ Mark said. The Senate President stated government was initially ready for peace but it appeared the perpetrators of terrorist activities and their supporters were not ready.
He said government would use all resources at its disposal to bring the issue of Boko Haram to a logical end. “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 North to an end.
“We would mobilise all our resources. People declared war on us, we would also declare war on them…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,’’ the Senate