What could possibly go wrong? Everyone knows that Islamic jihadists respond to gestures of good will from the kuffar with gestures of good will of their own.
“Nigeria begins release of Islamist suspects in peace effort,” by Ibrahim Mshlizza and Lanre Ola for Reuters, May 31:
(Reuters) – Nigeria’s military released 58 women and children suspected of having links with Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram to local governments on Friday, who will in turn return them to their homes in a gesture meant to draw moderates into peace talks.
President Goodluck Jonathan is launching his biggest offensive yet to oust Islamist insurgents seen as the main threat to Africa’s top oil producer from their strongholds in the northeast. But he says he also wants to pursue a peaceful resolution with fighters willing to surrender.
“The detainees will be rehabilitated and integrated into the society,” Yobe State Attorney General Ahmed Mustapha Goniri said while receiving 38 women and children from the military.
Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, one of many urging the government to release low-risk detainees as a good-will gesture, said a further six women and 14 young men were handed over to him on Friday.
“This marks a milestone in our quest for peace and to restore normalcy,” he said.
Jonathan ordered the release of the detainees and has offered amnesty to any Boko Haram’s members who surrender on the advice of a peace resolution committee he set up in April.
Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau, who has dismissed peace talks and says his fighters are repelling the offensive, has repeatedly demanded that the government release the wives and children of its members who were being held in detention.
It was not clear how many of the released women were wives of Boko Haram fighters or were just accused of helping the sect.
While critics have welcomed an alternative approach to ending the violence, security experts believe the most hardened Boko Haram cells will never surrender and the longer fighting continues the more civilians will lose faith in any peace offer….
No kidding, really?