The president, addressing other African leaders at the Japan-backed 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Nairobi, Kenya narrated:
"We are talking to some of their (militants) leaders. We will deal with them as we dealt with Boko Haram if they refuse to talk to us.
"As a government, we know our responsibility, which is to secure the environment. It is clear to us that lenders won’t fund projects in insecure environments.
"We realize that we have to secure the country before we can efficiently manage it."