"Federal Govt will NOT negotiate with Boko Haram" – Senate President, David Mark

The Senate President, David Mark, restated Federal Government’s resolve to fight insurgency and other security challenges, saying government will not negotiate with criminals.

Mark stated this in Ikom at an empowerment programme organised by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, for his constituents in the Cross River Central Senatorial District.

According to the Senate President, the Federal Government has the resources to deal with insurgency, criminals and those blackmailing it.
“Anytime I have an opportunity in these times to make a comment, I take pains to say something very important. This government will not yield to blackmail.

“This government cannot negotiate with criminals and this government will not exchange people for criminals, a criminal will be treated like a criminal.

“This government will, at no distant time, bring the issue of Boko Haram and insecurity in the northern part of this country to a long term and logical conclusion.

“We will mobilise all resources. If people declare war on us, we will also declare war on them.

“If Boko Haram and their supporters are not ready for peace, we will be glad to deal with them in the manner people deal with terrorists and insurgents. It is not by negotiation,” Mark said.