Chibok Schoolgirls: Nigeria “ready” for negotiations with Boko Haram

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The government appears to be shifting its earlier position.

The Nigerian government is ready for talks with the extremist group, Boko Haram, for the release of the 276 girls abducted by the group from a school in Chibok, Borno State.

The special duties minister, Tanimu Turaki, was quoted Tuesday by the BBC as saying the government was set for negotiations in bringing the crisis to an end and that “an issue of this nature can be resolved outside of violence”.

In a video released on Monday, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said his group would release the girls only in exchange for jailed Boko Haram militants.

His offer was immediately rejected by Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who said the group was no position to set conditions for the government.

But Mr. Turaki urged the Islamist group to send in representatives for talks with the government if it was sincere.

Mr. Turaki is the head of a panel set up by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 to explore ways of negotiating with Boko Haram.

Late Monday, Mike Omeri, the director general of the National Orientation Agency, also said all options remained open for the government in the effort to rescue the girls.

The girls were kidnapped April 14 from their dormitory late at night.

The United States is leading an international effort to help Nigeria rescue the girls.

The US said Monday it has started flying manned surveillance mission in the northeast to gather intelligence about the location of the girls.


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  • Yayah

    If I were the President, I would negotiate with them and swap their prisoners for our precious girls. Then, after securing their release, I will exterminate them in the forest for good. I would make sure that nothing, and I say nothing moves in that forest.

    • redeem

      Members of Boko haram do not have a standing army-every Fulani man or woman must join them to fight period-All the herdsmen, hawkers of suya in various parts of the south-are into boko haram-u do not negotiate with a religious sect like boko haram–i have said it on more than one occasion that the boko haram war will end the day a fulani man is made president of Nigeria–how do u negotiate with people like boko haram who have little or no resources to fall back unlike the niger delta volunteer force-talking to the yankees with our oil resources-at the back of their hand-

      • Ralia Ahmad

        redeem you stink. brainless pig

  • Bamidele

    Rubbish! Are the girls more precious than those innocent people Boko Haram murdered? Damn Shekau for keeping the girls alive. If he and his murderous sect killed thousands of people,Nigeria and Nigerians should brace up to losing another 300 lives,at least we lost thousands of souls to the sect between 2009 and now.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    “Nigeria will not negotiate with terrorists under any circumstance. If we negotiate with them, they will get a few more people and then we begin to negotiate again.
    “You do not negotiate with criminals; you do not negotiate with terrorists. We are going to bring the girls back safe and sound, every effort will be made to rescue them.
    “For a criminal to parade himself and be asking for negotiation, I think that is the height of insult on any nation,” he said. – David Mark

    Saminu Turaki says otherwise!

    Who are we to believe?

    Who speaks for the government?

    Oh, I forgot. Is he back from Congo?

  • Bamidele

    The White House opposes offering a ransom in exchange for the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko
    Haram, press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.
    “When it comes to the approach to Boko Haram in this case, Nigeria, of course, has the lead, and we play
    a supporting role. It is the policy of the United States to deny kidnappers the benefits of their criminal
    acts, and that includes ransoms or concessions,” Carney told reporters at the White House.
    The White House spokesman indicated that the FBI hostage negotiators dispatched to consult with the
    Nigerian government in the search for the girls would be reiterating that position.
    “I can’t speak to every conversation, but that is certainly the position of the United States, that we as a
    matter of policy deny kidnappers the benefits of their criminal acts, and that includes ransoms or other
    concessions,” Carney said.
    In a 17-minute video released to Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press earlier this week, Boko
    Haram leader Abubakar Shekau offered to release the schoolgirls in exchange for members from the
    terrorist network.
    “I swear to almighty Allah, you will not see them again until you release our brothers that you have
    captured,” Shekau said.
    Shekau had previously demanded a monetary ransom, threatening to sell the girls into sex slavery if their
    families refused to pay.
    Nigerian government officials indicated they may be willing to consider a prisoner swap in a news
    conference on Monday.
    “The government of Nigeria is considering all options towards freeing the girls and reuniting them with
    their parents,” Nigerian presidential aide Mike Omeri told AFP.
    Earlier Tuesday, the administration confirmed that U.S. spy planes had joined the search for the girls. The
    administration is also sharing commercial satellite imagery with the Nigerian government, which gave the
    U.S. permission to conduct the manned flights.
    Those steps come in addition to a interdisciplinary team dispatched to the American embassy in Abuja,
    which is providing logistical and technical support as the Nigerian government searches for the missing
    schoolchildren.