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Nigerian militants Boko Haram 'honest' about killings

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A leading human rights activist in Nigeria who has tried to mediate between the Nigerian government and militant Islamist group Boko Haram says the militants' word can be trusted and talks are needed to end the conflict.

The group has carried out bomb attacks across Nigeria including one on Christmas Day at a church near Abuja that killed at least 37 people, as part of its campaign to overthrow the government and set up an Islamic state.

But Shehu Sani told Stephen Sackur that he did not believe Boko Haram were responsible for last year's killing of Babakura Fugu, a brother-in-law to the late leader of Boko Haram, Yusuf Mohammed.

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