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Nigeria Approves Committee Proposals on Islamist Militants

March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Nigeria approved the recommendations made by a presidential committee that proposed dialogue and amnesty to Boko Haram Islamist militants in the northeast if they agree to give up their weapons, Information Minister Labaran Maku said.

“The government is taking every measure possible to defeat the violence and restore peace in the northeast,” Maku told reporters in Abuja, the capital, today. The government accepted most of the recommendations of the committee, he said. The committee’s report was submitted to President Goodluck Jonathan in September.

Authorities in Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, blame Boko Haram, which draws inspiration from Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a surge of violence in the north and Abuja, in which hundreds have died since 2009. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is a sin,” claimed responsibility for multiple blasts and attacks on Jan. 20 in Kano, northern Nigeria’s biggest city, which killed at least 256 people, according to the Civil Rights Congress.

To contact the reporter on this story: Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja at ebalagbogbo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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