Some residents of Borno State on Monday cautioned the Nigerian government against rushing into dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgents as a way of ending their violent campaign.
Those who spoke in Maiduguri on Monday advised government to concentrate on military action against the insurgents.
Musa Usman, a Maiduguri based Islamic scholar, advised government to equip the military with the necessary weapons to face the insurgents rather than considering dialogue option.
Mr. Usman urged government to emulate the recent actions of the Chadian and Nigerien governments in dislodging the insurgents from their countries.
Goni Yahuza, another scholar, said negotiating with the insurgents was a sign of weakness.
He added that government must deploy all resources available in ending the insurgency within a reasonable time.
Mohammed Mala, a businessman, commended the gallant efforts of the Nigeria military in fighting insurgents and urged them to do more.