Director of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Albert, has said only a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect will stop its violence in Nigeria.
Albert said those criticising the need for negotiation lacked knowledge of the technical import of such step.
The don spoke with journalists on Tuesday, after the opening ceremony of a conference on The Security Sector and Conflict Management in Nigeria, organised by the institute as part of its 50th anniversary.
The professor of Peace and Conflict Studies noted, “It has been established all over the world that force cannot eliminate terrorism.
“It will be too simplistic to hold on to the non-negotiation theory as being canvassed by some Nigerians.”
According to him, the claim that negotiation with the sect cannot be possible because of their faceless nature is not true.
“They are not faceless because we have more than 200 members of the group in various detention in the country. What is lacking is just the boldness to confront them,” he said.
Albert said he had consistently advocated negotiation because most leaders in the country knew the sect members.
He said avoiding negotiation would lead to more loss of lives and properties, adding that asking President Goodluck Jonathan to resign was an option that would not solve the problem of insecurity.