President pursues Talks With Militant Group

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President Goodluck Johnathan
President Goodluck Johnathan

Envoys of Nigeria’s president are in negotiations with elements of the Islamist insurgency behind an onslaught of attacks that has destroyed government buildings and killed hundreds of people, according to senior officials.

The envoys have engaged with leaders of the Boko Haram militant group whom they view as less hostile, more pragmatic and harboring legitimate economic grievances, in an effort to bring a halt to the group’s attacks on the government, police and Nigeria’s Christians.

Boko Haram, based in Nigeria’s impoverished, mostly Muslim north, is seen as a loose alliance of young militants with a variety of grievances and …

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