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Metro Reactions Trailing Boko Haram/Nigerian Govt Ceasefire Deal


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Earlier today, it was reported that the Nigerian government and the dreaded boko haram terrorist group have reached a ceasefire agreement.

Read: Boko Haram,Nigerian Govt Reach CeaseFire Deal, Chibok Girls Release to be Discussed Soon

So far, multiple reactions have trailed the alleged ceasefire deal. The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANT) has expressed happiness that the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents have entered into a ceasefire agreement.

The President of the association, Mr Ken Ukuoha, told newsmen in Abuja that the ceasefire is a welcome development given the activities of the group.

He said the north east was strategic to the economic well being of the country as it was the link to the markets of many West African countries and Cameroon.

The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, lauded the Federal Government's ceasefire agreement with the Boko Haram insurgents, saying the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls should be the focus.

The Minister, who spoke through his Special Adviser (Media), Dr Nnamdi Olebara, told newsmen in Abuja that the agreement would restore normalcy in the education sector in the affected states .

Shekarau said he looked forward to the return of normal academic activities in all the schools in the North- East which was worst affected.

All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) said that farmers in the conflict-torn North East zone of the country would return to their farms following the truce reached between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram Sect.

He, however, stressed that if the truce was genuine, then the Federal Government should work towards sustaining the agreement to ensure lasting peace in the area.

He stressed that farmers in the area would require assistance to be able to return to thie profession.

The Miners Association of Nigeria said the signing of the ceasfire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram was a welcome development.

The Vice President of the association, Mr Edward Danladi, told newsmen on telephone that the insecurity situation had negatively affected the economic fortunes of the country.

He cited the low participation of foreign companies in the just-concluded Abuja International Trade Fair as one of the manifestations of the crisis in the northeast.

He said this development contrasted with previous edition which used to record high level of participants from abroad.

Danladi said the agreement was expected to positively affect the nation’s economy as the country could not afford insecurity at this level of its economic development.

Also, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Friday applauded the Federal Government and the Boko Haram insurgent group for reaching an agreement to cease hostilities in the North East of the country.

Mr Bobboi Kaigam, the TUC President told newmen in a telephone interview in Abuja that the agreement reached by both parties would usher in peace and unity in the country.

Kaigam said the ceasefire would facilitate a rebuilding process of the areas affected by the insurgence, especially in the North East.

"It is good news and it is something that we should celebrate. We want to see an agreement that will bring lasting peace and unity in the country.

"We want our girls to be released; we want them to have their life, family and education back.

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