Recently, it was reported that President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government plans to engage in fresh talks to end suicide bombings in the terror-ridden North-East where Boko Haram insurgents have wrecked incalculable havoc.
We learnt government would engage in talks with the faction of Boko Haram that it negotiated with for the recent release of 82 Chibok school girls that have been in captivity of Boko Haram terrorists.
Having succeeded in using negotiations to secure the release of the 82 girls, government’s plan to use same to end suicide bombings in the North-East is a step in the right direction.
Although the alarming rate at which suicide bombings occurred and resulted in the loss of precious lives and property virtually on a daily basis, under the immediate past administration has drastically reduced following increased strategic military measures introduced by the current administration, this is time to use peaceful negotiations to end suicide bombings and other forms of criminality in the North-East.
There is no doubt that apart from the irregular pockets of suicide bombings in a few flash points in Borno State, there are clear indications that Boko Haram insurgents seem to have lost steam and would therefore be ready to dialogue with government on how to end suicide bombings.
Several decades ago, suicide bombings were alien to Nigeria. This was why while they occurred elsewhere around the world, Nigerians prayed such avoidable fatal happenings would never rear their ugly heads in Nigeria.
It therefore came as a surprise when a few years ago, reports of suicide bombings rocking Abuja – the seat of the Federal Government, as well as the North-East and claiming lives and property, virtually became daily occurrences threatening the peace and stability of the country.