Chibok Girls: Nigerian govt blasts Makarfi PDP for opposing prisoner swap with Boko Haram

Freed Chibok girls Meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari
Freed Chibok girls Meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal Government says the incautious statement by a faction of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, criticising the process leading to the release of the 82 Chibok girls further exhibits the party’s disdain for human life.

In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, described the statement as “indecent, inhuman and ill-timed.”

The Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP had criticised the release of Boko Haram suspects in exchange for the 82 Chibok girls.

“The release of the terrorists is a setback for the War on insurgency. Their release is tantamount to releasing them to resume their war against society,” Dayo Adeyeye, spokesperson of the faction said.

In response, Mr. Mohammed, in the statement signed by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, said it was insensitive for any individual or organisation to spoil the joy that heralded the release of the girls because of politics.

“It is clear that the kind of disdain for human life which the PDP exhibited in its incautious statement is the same reason the poor girls were kidnapped in the first instance.

“It is also this attitude the then PDP-controlled Federal Government took that seemed an eternity before even acknowledging the abduction, thus losing critical time for their rescue.

He noted that from the statement, it was clear that the PDP, whose incompetence and cluelessness precipitated the Chibok girls’ crisis was not wishing and praying for it to end with the safe return of the abducted girls.

The minister recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had stated that the defeat of Boko Haram would not be complete without the rescue of the Chibok girls.

“If that includes swapping some Boko Haram elements for the girls, so what? Will the PDP rather have the girls stay in perpetual captivity, just to prove a ludicrous point?

“Didn’t superpower United States engage in negotiations with the Taliban that led to the exchange of five Taliban fighters for US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl in 2014?

“Didn’t Israel release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit in 2011?

“A lot of factors come into play when a nation has to decide whether or not to engage in prisoner/hostage swap.

“None, however, trounces the sanctity attached to human life and the consideration for the pains of the loved ones of those involved,’’ he said.

The minister stressed that since the PDP failed to rescue even one of the Chibok girls, the party should hold its peace while the administration continued to seek the release of all the abducted girls, using every means at its disposal.

He reassured that the administration would continue to work assiduously to end all Boko Haram hostilities.

With the latest release of the 82 Chibok girls, over 80 of the 276 girls kidnapped from Chibok in Borno State now remain with the Boko Haram whose insurgency has caused about 100,000 deaths since 2009.

(NAN)


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  • Action_Nigeria

    Whether dead or alive …. Buhari must be tried for Chibok Girls scam, false WASC claim, WASC forgery and blatant perjury.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      U re a big shame to the society without even considering how the Chibok girls parents felt wen dey were release

      • Action_Nigeria

        Chibok Girls is a Buhari/APC is a well coordinated Buhari/APC scam executed to grab political power …. what then do you mean by how the parents felt?

        • White cane

          My freind can’t you make sense for once?

          • woman leader1

            Can you imagine

          • Olatubosun

            He has know sense to make

          • woman leader1

            For where, where the sense they.

        • NaijaMindOfChange

          I can see ur level of ignorance

          • Olatubosun

            Very senseless………….. Don’t waist your data on him

          • woman leader1

            Very

        • Night Crawler

          Amnesty international gives kudos to FG to job well done and you’re here saying trash… This administration has done wonderfully well in terms of fighting corruption and boko haram…

        • Bello Sirajo

          Your hatred for the Hausa/Fulani knows no bounds and your comments satisfied all the conditions for hate speech. When you are in the public domain modesty requires some measure of composure!

          • woman leader1

            Very obvious

        • Eluba Inas

          Just take a hike, you will do humanity a great favor.

        • woman leader1

          Must you show everyone on this forum that your brain is working in a reverse gear.

      • White cane

        Big one indeed

    • Patrick Omokagbo

      You must be writing from a strange planet. I advise you keep your hatred inside head.

      • progressive

        Don’t mind those bigot it shows that they still have hatred for this country

        • Olatubosun

          They are all enemies of progress

    • White cane

      My friend what rubbish are you talking about?

      • Olatubosun

        Don’t mind him…
        He does not know what he is saying

    • Night Crawler

      By their comment you shall know them… I guess you are still pained by election defeat

    • You are talking rubbish, blame GEJ for not been capable of rescuing the the girls during his time.

    • progressive

      You must be a senseless human being so you are jealous about the success of buhari because he has been able to free the chibok girls from the captivity

  • wode

    PDP has lost its mind, so whatever comment comes from that fold should be excused.

    • Night Crawler

      GBAM, their press release is dead on arrival

    • White cane

      Don’t mind them oo!

    • whereto

      And here I was thinking pdp could not mess up further until they spoke.

      • progressive

        Pdp is the brain behind all what we are going through in the country right now but thank God buhari have been able to lift up to the masses expectation

    • progressive

      Pdp has a party are frustrated

  • Ebuka Odo

    Telemundo and other stories

    • Night Crawler

      Will you keep quite, in patience voice… Give kudos to those who deserves it

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Ode

    • progressive

      Clown

  • White cane

    But on a more serious note , how can a sensible human be question such a swap? that’s the best thing to do at least to save these innocent children from the hand of these hoodlums.

    • NaijaMindOfChange

      Some idiots don’t see it dat way…

    • Ceejay Iloelunachi

      I don’t see anything wrong in questioning this swap….You wouldn’t know how deadly & sophisticated the BH elements exchanged are. Excerpt we know the caliber of those exchanged, we should be more worried what they are capable of doing when they are out there- They could be their bomb making experts that stand a chance of committing more atrocities & carnage and there’s nothing in place stopping these guys from carrying out another brazen kidnap that would exceed that of the chibok girls.

      • tundemash

        So what ought to have been done ? Should it ave been you, your daughter or sister that should have been exchanged for the Chibok girls instead ? Lai Mohammed just give examples of superpowers doing same to get their citizens back and here we are having people who have never been common “class captains” blabbing.

    • progressive

      Don’t mind those scrap they have run out of ideas

    • dpfrank

      You are right

  • Night Crawler

    Party that can’t put their house in order, will do everything to discredit this administration, they are still pained because they fail to rescue chibok girls. This administration is committed and focus to help take Nigeria to greater heights, kudos should be giving to Alh Lai Mohammed for a job well done

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    pdp created Boko haram..is very obvious dat dey re loosing power to hold d chibok girls captive….buhari lead govt re competence in restoring lost glory

  • Ceejay Iloelunachi

    I welcome the swap for the valuable lives of these Chibok girls but the same Lai Mohammed previously whilst in opposition criticized the GEJ govt for negotiating with BH for a swap. Isn’t this hypocritical of him and his beliefs?

  • haba mallam

    The security forces should trace the boko haram boys and naturalized them, they should have planted some chips in them to trace them easily and drop a mother of all B on them. shekenan kowa ya huta

    • Manuel Tobby

      Then what happens to the remaining girls

    • progressive

      What we are saying is that this government should be given kudos by making sure that those girls were been released from their captivity kudos to buhari

      • Olatubosun

        Kudos to him….. That is our amiable president…..
        100…. Ghosa to buhari

        • mamaT

          gbosa 100x

        • woman leader1

          Yes ooo, he deserves an award.

    • Otile

      Stinking desert donkey,
      Serves you right, dummy. Even your colleagues have debunked your asinine suggestion. They have totally rejected you. Go and hang yourself. Stinky

  • Emeka

    Now my argument – lair, you once told us BH is no longer holding territory and the war has largely been won over BH…Note: no territory, so where has this so called chibok girls held?

    • Manuel Tobby

      Hold on to your argument, till bokoharam answers you

      • front man

        Correct

    • Malik Isah

      you are a wicked soul

    • front man

      Abeg no sense in this your hatred contribution you have failed your paid masters

    • Olatubosun

      Gbe nu e sohun jare…

    • Olatubosun

      Can you please keep quiet

    • mamaT

      haters squad

      • Otile

        As one illiterate dummy would put it “lolz !!! hahahahahahahahahah !!!”

    • whereto

      This is the second release in Banki. This place is close to the Cameroon border. Perhaps this information might be helpful in addressing your question.

    • dpfrank

      F00lish question

  • dele20

    the statement by markafroud of the opposition party pdpigs as against the release of chikbok girls is inhuman and callous

  • dele20

    It is apparent that PDP is blindfolded and insincere the way they oppose this competent APC led administration

    • Olatubosun

      Sure….
      Pdpig people are enemies of the masses

      • dele20

        Of course yes

  • progressive

    Pdp as a party is an irresponsible party a party that have no focused, a party that should have been buried by now still blaming the present government just because those girls were found it shows that pdp is behind all what is going on in the country

  • dele20

    We all know that dead are always brainless and PDP is confirmed dead,the way this pdpigs as an opposition party criticises this present administration is callous, insincere and mannerless

  • dele20

    Markafroud is inhuman, I mean he is bestial for opposing 82chikbok girls release

    This administration is really working great

  • front man

    The markafi pdp faction is useless for criticising FG swaping for the chibok girls what your lord course not achieve during his tenure

    • Olatubosun

      Don’t mind useless markafi

    • mamaT

      they are all bunch of total failures

    • woman leader1

      They are in pains because they are failures

  • front man

    This is the administration that can do it

    • Olatubosun

      Yes o…..

      We believe this administration

      • dele20

        In this administration we believe

        • Otile

          I don’t know what minions like you are going to do when your imam Mohamed Buhari passes on. The buzzword for most of you concerning his death is …you will die before him. Childish talk as usual.

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, this is the administration that can do it and always doing it

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is great

    • dele20

      Yes ooooo, this administration is really working great

  • Olatubosun

    Buhari promised us during the campaign that he would rescue the chibok girls…
    And he make it…..
    Kudos to this administration

    • dele20

      PMB really fulfils his campaign promises

    • mamaT

      u correct he is a man of his words….stil more progress on the way.

    • emmanuel

      What is difficult in hiding a token and bringing out such token during a hide-and -seek game? You are as smart as what your brain can carry and that is exactly what you are doing.
      They sign off huge FOREX as negotiated exchange to swap Chibok girls with, keep the money with Oke the thief for 2019 election, then bring the girls from where Shettima kept them since the abduction.
      Na only you dem go fit f**l.
      Magu disgraced them by ensuring that the FOREX heist was exposed to Nigerians against their appeal not to. Only that gullible Nigerians like you refused to get the gist.

  • North/West Allies

    I appreciate the FG for their effort to rescue these girls, but releasing these terrorists will damage things in coming months, they will regroup and continue terrorizing and taking more hostages in other to get money and prisoners in exchange to release hostages

  • Peacemaker

    Between the Sheriff and the Markafi factions, I have been finding it difficult to identify the real PDP. Markafi just proved to me that his faction is the real PDP – heartless, soulless, inhuman, inconsiderate, opportunistic and ready to play politics with anything and all human lives, including, as always, the Chibok Girls!!!

    How else can I describe a faction that says it is better for over 200 innocent girls to remain abducted than to release a few criminals that will eventually be arrested again or killed in battle, should they go back to their Boko Haram ways.

    Or they think the Nigerian army remains the Nigeria army that they so deliberately under-equipped???

    Alas, it was not only Jonathan that was clueless. He was also left surrounded by clueless people too!!!

    • dpfrank

      Gbam

  • Höly Wähala

    @Premium Times… this should not be your news headline today, the Osinbajo Panel report is missing and did not go to medical vacation with President Buhari, why are you folks not practicing your investigative journalism today, why distract Nigerians with news from a dead and buried PDP criminals we chased into oblivion? Nothing like the PDP any more, all of them are crooks who will eventually defect to the APC since both Parties are two different sides of same fake $3dollar bill. Who owns the money found at the Osborne Towers… ehh???

  • mamaT

    there is no going back….this Administration is the way forward, great job

    • dpfrank

      Well stated

    • woman leader1

      Sure!

  • emmanuel

    1. See seating arrangement – President and Chief of staff (Acting President), then Information minister seating in the bush. That tell discerning minds what state Nigeria is at present.
    2. Chibok girls release is a well written script to cover up inefficiencies, fraud and gagatuan roguery – Osinbajo’s committee report has been covered up with the hysteria of the release, recall that Munguno has stated his knowledge of the funds and that President too. So that report is meant to die a natural death
    3. Like Fayose did say, it was another wool pulled over the eye of Nigerians on Buhari’s waste of our money and time. He spent one full month between za aza room and his office and now going abroad indefinitely.
    Trump did describe Africans; who we really are and that is what we are doing with Buhari – Bunch of lazy, insolent, docile and ready to enjoy proceeds of nothing.

    • dpfrank

      Crap as usual

      • Otile

        Crappy response from you as usual.

        • Paschal Charles

          So you believe this Super Story of Chibok girls?

  • dpfrank

    PDP are confused and so should be ignored

    • woman leader1

      Exactly

  • marcos avelino

    They have poisoned Buhari with radioactive polonium just like they did Abacha and Yaradua !

  • woman leader1

    This administration is the best so far, the best thing that can happen to Nigeria.

  • woman leader1

    It is obvious that president Muhammad Buhari will surely achieve his campaign promises, he promised that he will rescued the chibok girls and we are seeing it.

  • LagosBoy

    Markafi Led PDP or PDP as a whole and in support of this statements are just fools who shouldnt be given the mike to talk too. Am sure if their kids are part of this kidnapped girls, They wouldnt be saying this rubbish. This is more reason why we should think well and look at the people we would want to have running the affairs of the country.
    Just as they sound, shows they would have done the other if they were to be the one negotiating..
    God bless Nigeria and God bless us all..