Nigerian govt says Boko Haram ready to negotiate release of 83 more Chibok girls

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.  A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM 
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FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Boko Haram has expressed its willingness to negotiate the release 83 more Chibok girls, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Sunday, days after the release of 21 abducted girls.

In an interview with Reuters Foundation, Mr. Shehu said leaders of the Islamic State-affiliated group released 21 girls on Thursday to assure the Buhari administration their faction held the girls.

“These 21 released girls are supposed to be tale bearers to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls,” Mr. Shehu said. “The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them.”

Nearly 300 Chibok school girls were abducted by the sect in April 2014.

President Buhari has repeatedly said he would be willing to negotiate with the group if its genuine leaders are identified.

The Boko Haram faction said the remaining kidnapped Chibok girls were with another faction of the sect controlled Abubakar Shekau, Reuters Foundation quoted Mr. Shehu as saying.

Boko Haram has apparently split into at least two factions.

One is believed to be controlled by the elusive leader, Mr. Shekau, and another by Musab al-Barnawi, who is said to be the son of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

The conditions for the release of the 21 girls on Thursday are not yet clear.

The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, denied reports that the government had swapped captured Boko Haram fighters for their release and said he was not aware if any ransom had been paid.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in Germany he was not informed of what the government traded for the girls.

He said he would receive full briefing after arriving in Nigeria this week.


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  • Otile

    Allah dey! Imam Buhari is becoming a good man. Let him continue to negotiate with his counterpart Imam Abu Shekau until the rest of the surviving girls is released. It doesn’t matter to us how much Buhari pays to Shekau or how many Boko boys given in exchange. The freedom of the girls is our number one concern.

    • haba mallam

      The devil Otile has spoken, where have you been for the past weeks, the alert just arrived, erats have gotten paid at last now you have minutes on your phone to spare, shegen arne,

      • Otile

        Kafir banza. Go to latrine.

      • progressive

        Don’t mind the pdp e rats they have been looking for money to steal thank God for buhari who believes in rule of law

    • Burning Spear

      ABSURDITY OF THE CHIBOK RIP-OFF————————-Red Cross Refutes Nigerian Presidency’s Story On Release Of Chibok Girls——-they were not involved in the negotiations————————-

      After more than two years in captivity by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s government now said today that 21 of the schoolgirls whose abduction triggered the #BringBackOurGirls campaign have been released. But in APRIL 2014, the Nigerian military said over 100 of these abducted girls were freed; IN APRIL 2015, same army said it rescued 200 of the same girls; then May 2016 (this year), the very same military again claimed it rescued over 100 of the hostages. Please read the links below and be the judge in the CHIBOK SCAM – the biggest CAMPAIGN RIP-OFF in Nigeria’s history.

      NIGERIAN MILITARY SAYS OVER 100 GIRLS ABDUCTED FROM SCHOOL ARE FREED – KCTV5

      KANO, Nigeria (CNN) – According to the Nigerian government officials–Heavily armed men descended on the school as the girls slept. Bullets flew as guards fought back, but they lost. The men, Boko Haram militants, herded more than 100 students onto buses, vans and trucks and drove off, flanked by motorcycles, authorities said. Until now, it is still not immediately clear how the girls became free in Nigeria since the denial of any involvement in the release of the girls by the Red Cross. Their conditions of freedom are yet not clear several hours after their release.

      • progressive

        Myopic if you don’t know what to say why don’t you just keep shut and stop repeating your message

      • progressive

        Myopic if you don’t know what to say why don’t you just keep shut and stop repeating your messages

    • progressive

      Is it not your Jonathan coward that have been playing politics with those girls they have been using those girls to steal money from our treasury.

    • dpfrank

      Who pour garri inside your brain?

  • Du Covenant

    Why are details of this negotiation being released in this manner?. Can’t we just see results and be happy again?.

    • vagabonds in power

      Because the entire alawada show concerning the release of the said fake chibok girls without the involvement of the army is still very hazy————We are yet to be told the name of the group that helped in the release of the alleged girls—We do not know if it was FULANI Shekau—–or the group FULANI BOKO HARAM backed by ISIS

      • progressive

        Why must you know the source who released the chibok girls all I know that what Nigerians have been waiting for have been achieved by buhari

    • progressive

      Some morons in opposition can see only looking for excuses they were been amazed that buhari can achieve alot since when he came on power

      • Du Covenant

        My broda, the mad man from Ekiti is still at his nonsense even with the release of the 21 girls. I really don’t know why the mind of the black man is the way it is. I would preferred the government to carry on negotiating quietly and just surprise us once the girls are released.

    • Night Crawler

      Why should they release such news to Nigerians, did American release how they killed Osama til date, your stupitidy is no of his world

  • Burning Spear

    ABSURDITY OF THE CHIBOK RIP-OFF————————-Red Cross Refutes Nigerian Presidency’s Story On Release Of Chibok Girls——-they were not involved in the negotiations————————-

    After more than two years in captivity by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s government now said today that 21 of the schoolgirls whose abduction triggered the #BringBackOurGirls campaign have been released. But in APRIL 2014, the Nigerian military said over 100 of these abducted girls were freed; IN APRIL 2015, same army said it rescued 200 of the same girls; then May 2016 (this year), the very same military again claimed it rescued over 100 of the hostages. Please read the links below and be the judge in the CHIBOK SCAM – the biggest CAMPAIGN RIP-OFF in Nigeria’s history.

    NIGERIAN MILITARY SAYS OVER 100 GIRLS ABDUCTED FROM SCHOOL ARE FREED – KCTV5

    KANO, Nigeria (CNN) – According to the Nigerian government officials–Heavily armed men descended on the school as the girls slept. Bullets flew as guards fought back, but they lost. The men, Boko Haram militants, herded more than 100 students onto buses, vans and trucks and drove off, flanked by motorcycles, authorities said. Until now, it is still not immediately clear how the girls became free in Nigeria since the denial of any involvement in the release of the girls by the Red Cross. Their conditions of freedom are yet not clear several hours after their release.

    • progressive

      Nuisance were did you got your own information, buhari will not be distracted by your fools who thinks you can used the media and be deceiving nigerians

    • Hmmmmmn False Prophet…

  • Castro

    Scam of the century is taking place right under our nose. Tighten your belt for depression is by the corner.

    • progressive

      So you can call this scam it seems you people are still dreaming that buhari can secure the release of the chibok girls I hope you won’t get sick for this great testimony

    • woman leader1

      Everything is scam to you, learn to be appreciative.

      • stackCrawler

        Abi oooo

        • woman leader1

          Don’t mind them.

      • dele20

        Tell him

        • woman leader1

          Abi

    • mamaT

      scam here,scam there everytyn good happening is scam, u better wake up from your deep sleep to this good reality…and stop being enemy of progress .

    • daygea

      Even under your nose you can not appreciate a good job when you see one.

  • Iskacountryman

    why am i not impressed?

    • Homo Nigeriana

      @disqus_N9eI1Jg9MJ:disqus

      Let me guess. You are not impressed because you feel lied to. You know the meaning of NEGOTIATION
      and you feel insulted by Lai Muhamed and Yemi Osinbajo who define ‘negotiation’ as meaning the same
      thing as SURRENDER. But of course, you know better. Negotiation means SWAP of Chibok girls for cash
      or and for captured Boko Haram war commanders. Boko Haram will not enter negotiation to get nothing.
      Nigerian government officials cut their own credibility by dissembling over this simple truth. A surrender,
      in captive situation, would have meant complete freedom for the remaining 197 Chibok girls in custody.

      • Krisp O’ Brian

        IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART I SAY WHAT HAPPENED ON THE 21 CHIBOK GIRLS CASE

        IS CALLED “RANSOMED SWAP” IN THE SPECIFIC CONTEXT OF A MILITARY CONFLICT.

        • progressive

          Lunatic there is nothing like ransome , you can see how your propaganda have been defeated.

          • stackCrawler

            Please tell him

        • woman leader1

          Your comment shows you no nothing.

        • stackCrawler

          What are you saying

        • dele20

          Trash

      • progressive

        Whether the wailers are happy or not as long as I know this government have fulfiled it promise when they came on board by telling Nigerians that they will surelt free the chibok girls and we are all seeing the result now, Nigerians will not forget history and rescuing the chibok girls

        • stackCrawler

          Gbam

      • Iskacountryman

        you sabe book…

    • progressive

      Why should you be impressed after all you all depend on stealing from our treasury if not for buhari being the president of this country today he has blocked all loopholes how those bastard have been stealing our money

      • mamaT

        tell them…alot of stealing has been done to this country and alot of people enjoy this,not thinking of the future. kudos to this government, i support strongly

        • stackCrawler

          I stand with president Buhari all the way

          • dele20

            With PMB I stand

      • stackCrawler

        Don’t mind them

      • Iskacountryman

        ya money?

    • woman leader1

      You can’t be impressed because there is no more free money like before.

      • stackCrawler

        Lool. Abi ooo

    • stackCrawler

      Huh

    • Night Crawler

      Its because hatred has taking over your thinking faculty

      • Iskacountryman

        you are making an assumption…

    • WHO cares… Nigerians are impressed.

      • Iskacountryman

        clap for ya self…

  • Burbank

    Great.
    Bring back the girls, promptly.

    • progressive

      They will surely be free as long as 21 girls have been rwlase so far so it shows that this government is on course

      • stackCrawler

        That’s a sure fact

    • woman leader1

      I strongly believe in this government, they will make us smile.

      • stackCrawler

        That’s a sure fact. Let’s all just watch and see how things are gonna turn out good

      • Burbank

        Amen

  • progressive

    Kudos to lai Mohammed for letting Nigerians knows on what is best to come about the chibok girls and I know that this government will surely make sure that those girls are been released from their captivity.

    • woman leader1

      Sure!

      • stackCrawler

        Nasooooo

    • stackCrawler

      Well said

    • dele20

      Lai Muhammad always gives us the latest update

  • woman leader1

    Alhaji Lai Muhammad thank you for the updates always.

    • stackCrawler

      Yes ooo. LAI MOHAMMED all the wayyy

      • woman leader1

        Gbam

      • dele20

        Lai Muhammad is really working great

        • front man

          No doubt

      • front man

        No shaking, success all the way.

    • Night Crawler

      His the best minister of information, Nigeria ever had, always giving Nigerians updates on day to day activities of this adminstration

    • dele20

      Kudos to HMIC

  • mamaT

    great job the president, along side wit minister lai Mohammed…reuniting the girls wit their parent is awesome….a sign of excellent Nigeria, more success on the way #watch-out#

    • woman leader1

      Certainly, success all the way.

      • stackCrawler

        That’s it oooooo

    • Night Crawler

      Well said, the country is in the save hands of PMB…

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, you have spoken well

    • front man

      True

  • stackCrawler

    We stand with lai mohammed all the wayyyy

    • Olatubosun

      God bless our honorable minister of information

      • dele20

        Amen, God bless HMIC

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo

  • daygea

    This is a great achievement by the federal government. Kudos to Lai Mohammed for job well done.

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o….. Nigeria will rise again

      • dele20

        Certain

    • Yeah He is really working

      • dele20

        HMIC is really doing great

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo withHMICwestand

    • paul

      Achievment? They’ve only returned some of the girls where they kept them. The world wont continue indefinitely. At the end of the world all evils and sponsors will be exposed

  • Night Crawler

    Who ever that is doubting the girls being kidnap! My prayer for them is that their love ones should be kidnapped for just a month and when they cry out others would ve the guts to call it a scam!

    Its not a curse but reality, whether they are on swap or not is not my concern, their release should be paramount, it’s everyone that can negotiate for swap and be successful at the end.

    I believe this administration he their people at heart and this country is in save hands

    • Olatubosun

      Amen…..
      Nigeria will rise

    • dele20

      Don’t mind the fools, the doubtful are Thomas

    • front man

      What do you expect from enemy of progress.

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria and God bless buhari and his cabinets

    • dele20

      Amen

  • LagosBoy

    Well done PMB. This is a sign of good leadership. In due time we will get rid all of this insurgent and cleanse Nigeria.
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all.

    • front man

      Amen

  • front man

    Kudos pmb

  • front man

    May God bless Nigeria.

  • front man

    I believe in pmb, I believe he will ensure that this girls are released.

  • front man

    HMIC may God continue to guide and guard you sir.