Cardinal to African faith leaders: Negotiate peace with terrorists

Source: Religion News Service

BY Fredrick Nzwili

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – As violence-torn Africa grows weary of solutions that haven’t worked, Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan is proposing a controversial alternative: Negotiate with terrorists.

Onaiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, has been backing talks with Boko Haram, the violent Islamist militant group operating in the northern parts of the country. Negotiating with terrorists is vehemently opposed by governments in Africa and around the world due to concerns that concessions could inspire more attacks.


Speaking at a recent Nairobi conference of religious leaders from Africa, Europe and Asia, Onaiyekan insisted interfaith dialogue is key to ending the deadly conflicts — even if it means sitting down with ruthless killers.

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  1. Boko Haram, like all other militants, are just another ‘war lord’ gang. Just by using a few Islamic slogans that does not make them religious. It is a gang of killers. (many ‘members’ appear to be Christian as well. This is just ‘another job’ for unemployed persons. Negotiate? Well, I suppose anything will do to stop murder, but take care … and remember that you are dealing with just another criminal gang.

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