Chibok Schoolgirls: Nigerians in U.K. ask government to negotiate with Boko Haram

Abubakar Shekau, self acclaimed Boko Haram leader

The Muslim Council of Britain has offered to negotiate with Boko Haram as regards prisoner exchange.

Some Nigerians in the U.K. have asked the federal government to negotiate the release of the kidnapped Chibok school girls with their abductors.

The Nigerians also met with the Muslim Council of Britain, which has, therefore, offered to mediate in the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Central Association of Nigerians in the U.K., CANUK, Chairman, Bimbo Afolayan, confirmed the development to the Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in London on Friday during a protest outside the Nigerian High Commission.

Mr. Afolayan said that CANUK had met and deliberated on ways to offer assistance and support to government in curbing the insurgency.

“One of the things we resolved to do was to appeal to government to negotiate with Boko Haram to the extent of prisoner exchange.

“We also reached out to the Muslim Council of Great Britain and they have offered to intervene by holding talks with Boko Haram, we will pursue this seriously,” he said.

He said that a security committee to advise government on long-term solutions to these problems was also set up.

“We need permanent solution, there is no point if the girls are released today and another group are abducted tomorrow.”

Also, Jenny Okafor, a human rights activist and convener of the protest, said government should not rule out the possibility of negotiating with the group.

“It is over a month since these girls were abducted and they have been going through trauma, they need to be released, I want to thank the international community for offering to assist the Federal Government,” Mr. Okafor said.

The Boko Haram had in a video shown some of the kidnapped school girls and threatened to only release them if its members held by the government are released.

Although President Goodluck Jonathan was quoted by a British official as saying the government would not negotiate with the group, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, told journalists after a government meeting on Wednesday that all options were being considered.

(NAN)


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  • Bamidele

    What do Nigerians in the UK know about the terrorist activities except what they read on the pages of newspapers? How many of these people resident in the UK have been victims of terrorist attacks? How many of their relatives have been murdered by Boko Haram sect? How many times have they been threatened like our government officials? So why wouldn’t the foreigners(Nigerians in the UK) sit in the comfort of their UK homes to spit thrash as always? Nigerians in UK got it wrong this time. Nigeria and Nigerians in Nigeria are not ready to negotiate with demons,killing and sucking innocent people blood. Besides,is it Boko Haram criminals that should dictate negotiation,a banana,and the terms of negotiation,like they now do? Boko Haram sect is giving Nigeria banana,yet dictating how the Monkeys should it. Are we fools?

  • Angryman

    What’s the problem with these Nigerians – CANUK
    Do they have any idea what they are advocating
    Are the girls combatants that they should be exchanged for murderers, thereby setting a bad precedent
    Are they oblivious of Boko Haram’s agenda of islamizing the country by force that they want to compound our problem by getting the Muslim Council of Britain involved
    Are they not the people who have been demanding for Shariah in Britain
    And where will they get the moral authority to ask Boko Haram to drop their agenda
    To the contrary , they will assist Boko Haram in whatever form they could albeit covertly
    Any group or country sympathetic to shariah should not be allowed to mediate
    We are in enough trouble as it is

  • redeem

    American Conservatives have reached the firm conclusion that Hillary Clinton is to blame for those Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, 14 months after she left office. Their reason is hinged on the fact that she refused to designate them as a terrorist group while she was in office-because the Fulani elites from the North lobbied against it-in the US with Israeli groups whom they paid very heavily to work against the move by the US to tag them. Unfortunately for 9ja, the same people are blaming Jonathan for the atrocities committed by boko haram-in various parts of the the fulani north under the cover of the arewa peoples club-APC-which has been the main supporters of the boko haram insurgents-through their presidential candidate General Buhari-who recently decried the way government troops have been dealing with the militants-believed to have moved in from the west african sub region to invade Nigeria-we shall never negotiate with boko haram-give them money to buy arms again-another Izala sect group with a different name will rise up again–these Muslims have nothing upstairs than to create trouble-kil fight-and poison little kids-