Nigerian Govt. still open to negotiations to free Chibok girls – Nigeria’s UN envoy

The UN envoy, Joy Ogwu, says Nigerians have not given up hope on rescuing Chibok girls.


Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Joy Ogwu, says the Federal Government remains open to negotiations to secure the release of over 200 schoolgirls abducted in April.

The girls were abducted from their hostel at the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
In an interview with CNN on Friday in New York, Mrs. Ogwu said, “Terrorism is a global problem that requires global solution.”

She was speaking on the latest terrorist attacks in Kaduna and Kano, which killed several Nigerians and injured many others.

Mrs. Ogwu said the international community should use the momentum created by the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping to reflect and “go forward” in the fight against terrorism.

It is now more than 100 days after the schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno.
“Instead of a military option, the strategy has widened to include negotiation and dialogue with these people. I believe that it is time to move forward really, to find a solution to this problem, to find the girls first and foremost,” Mrs. Ogwu told the CNN.

The Nigerian UN envoy said Nigerians were traumatised by the fact that the schoolgirls have been kept by the terrorists for over three months.

She said Nigerians have not given up hope on the release of the girls as they have persevered in prayer vigils, protests and appeals to their abductors to free them.

“I believe that it is time for us to get together in a concerted action. At the UN, where I am Nigeria’s Permanent Representative, I made a statement in 2011 when the UN building in Abuja was bombed. I noted, very unequivocally, that violence and suicide are not in the character of the Nigerian. This is an alien culture. It is an external influence and it is important to work concertedly with all nations to make sure that it is not implanted in our culture.

“We forbid suicide as a people and people who commit suicide are not given a decent burial. So, what indoctrination is that, that persuades a young person who is named a terrorist to strap himself and bomb people or to abduct children? This is an alien indoctrination and part of the strategy to deal with it is to de-radicalise these people. They must be de-radicalised to become normal people again,” Mrs. Ogwu said.

According to the Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram has so far been responsible for the death of 2,053 civilians in 95 attacks during the first six months of this year.

In May, at the request of Nigeria, the terrorist group was added to the UN Security Council’s al-Qaeda-linked organisations subject to an arms embargo and asset freeze.


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  • Louis Edward Brown

    Blah blah blah blah……….. Stop all the talking and get the girls out NOW!!!!!!!!!! What makes the idiots in the Nigerian government think they have so much time to resolve this????? It’s not just about getting these girls out alive. It’s about getting them out as the people they once were.

    • Mr. Analytical

      And whose job is it to “get the girls out now”?????? The U.N. permanent representative??? Who has the power to do so???? Don’t generalize about people “in government”… instead focus on realities and the challenges associated therewith because of the poor security and intelligence related infrastructure the country has! This a cumulative effect of bad leadership and in action of administrations/regimes past, dating back to the country’s independence!

  • Gezawa

    Ponder on this statistics by a friend on fb before you continue on your ignorant rantings regarding additional PU
    No well-meaning person will hear some of the things INEC has told us and not become concerned.

    People are right to be concerned when they hear something like:
    additional 121 new polling units to Anambra
    additional 1,200 new polling units to FCT

    But we cannot ignore the fact that even with 1,200 new polling units, it is still one polling unit to 507 voters in FCT while it is one polling unit to 377 voters in Anambra.

    An average number of 377 voters per polling unit means the queues and waiting times will be shorter for each voter in Anambra.

    In fact, the southern geopolitical zones have the smallest zonal average for number of voter to polling unit:
    South East (429 voters per polling unit)
    South South (455 voters per polling unit)
    South West (457 voters per polling unit)
    North East (480 voters per polling unit)
    North West (485 voters per polling unit)
    North Central (486 voters per polling unit)
    FCT (507 voters per polling unit)

    Please note that the FCT, at 507, is the only area with an average still above the INEC target of 500 voters per polling unit.

    It is about the decongestion of polling units across Nigeria, not arbitrary allocation of polling units.

    Decongestion translates into a lesser crowd management challenge, shorter queues, lesser waiting times for voter accreditation, voting and counting.

    This means an easier time of voting for the elderly, pregnant women, nursing mothers and people with disabilities.

    Under the new arrangement, the South East is the most convenient place to be voting, followed by the South South and so on.

    The top three most convenient states to be a voter are:
    Ekiti (297 voters per polling unit)
    Bayelsa (307 voters per polling unit)
    Anambra (377 voters per polling unit)

    The top three most challenging states to be a voter are:
    Plateau (499 voters per polling unit)
    Kaduna (500 voters per polling unit)
    FCT (507 voters per polling unit)


    Once upon a time I always looked forward to reading Aribisala. Suddenly he made a 360-degree turnaround and became a hack. What level of hunger will compromise a scholar to do this? I have just finished reading his latest rants. It is nothing but a venomous out pour against APC. Even Metuh could not have done a more partisan job. Shockingly, a man once pilloried on these pages as lacking in family decency has now become
    a “who-is-who” because he has left Femi’s much-hated party. If Femi could do a poll on what people now think of him, he will be shocked at the result. Good for him, as it is for Abati. History will not be kind to their likes.