Nigerian government, Red Cross in secret talks with Boko Haram over Chibok girls

Despite the Nigerian government’s public rejection of any prisoner swap with extremist Boko Haram sect, its officials, alongside the Red Cross, are currently in talks to trade Boko Haram militants for more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the sect in April, the U.K. Telegraph reported Friday.

The report said Red Cross officials have held secret negotiations with top Boko Haram leaders held in Nigeria’s maximum security prisons and a list of 16 senior commanders the sect wants freed in exchange for the girls, has been drawn up.

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped over 200 girls from their school dormitory in Chibok on 14 April.

The abductions alarmed the world triggering massive campaign to secure their freedom with the United States, United Kingdom and France and other countries offering technical support.

The efforts have remained futile more than five months after as the girls remain in captivity.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, threatened to sell some into slavery and marry others off.

The Telegraph said the Red Cross is acting as a neutral partner to ensure the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, with deep distrust for each other, honour the swap agreement.

“We felt the negotiations would go better with the backing of a major international humanitarian organisation like the ICRC. There have been two or three ICRC people at each meeting – international staff rather than Nigerians – and they accompany the government security agents to the various prisons and detention centres to identify the people that Boko Haram wants released,” the Telegraph quoted Fred Eno, a civil rights activist.

The newspaper said negotiations began two months ago when Red Cross officials and Nigerian activists met with a senior Boko Haram leader serving a life sentence, called Omar, at the Kuje Prison in Abuja.

The report said the talks were close to being concluded at a point with the government deploying representatives to Yola to receive the girls, but things broke down after Boko haram reneged on its promise to release all the girls at once.

“The insurgents wanted to release the girls on a piecemeal basis, but the government turned down that offer,” said an unnamed source quoted by the Telegraph.

“There was also some opposition from some factions inside of the government to doing any kind of prisoner swap at all, as they feel the Boko Haram prisoners are hardened criminals who have committed heinous crimes,” a source was quoted as saying.

Another reason the prisoner exchange still remains inconclusive has been the inability of government officials to match the names on Boko Haram’s list to insurgents held in prisons, Mr. Eno told the Telegraph.

According to him, that could be because some of the names are inaccurate. But the report says this heightened the sect’s suspicion that the government was trying to hold some prisoners back.

The news that the government is negotiating with the sect may gladden their parents and the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners who have consistently called on the government to do more to secure the release of the girls.


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  • redeem

    (WHEN the Australian negotiator, Dr Stephen Davis, alleged that an unnamed top official of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was among the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria many people took his words with a pinch of salt as he had also named a former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt Gen Azubuike Ihejirika, and former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff.

    Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has added his voice to this allegation, affirming that his own independent inquiries showed that the same individual is indeed culpable. He went on to say that the name of the person has been made available to the highest authority in the land.

    The question on the lips of Nigerians is: who is this person? What is so special about him that he cannot even be named? Why can’t he be brought out for the public to see the person who has helped in sending thousands of Nigerians to their early graves while the nation is faced with the greatest threat to her unity since the Nigerian civil war nearly fifty years ago? Why has the CBN remained mute about this issue, since its name is being dragged to the mud? Why hasn’t the CBN seen it fit to tell Nigerians what it knows about this matter?

    Happily, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a social crusader organisation funded by APC sha-has taken up————————————the
    gauntlet and given the CBN a fourteen-day ultimatum, based on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. SERAP demands information about the persons involved in the money laundering and sponsorship of Boko Haram sect. A statement from the group said the CBN Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, is required to explain the exact nature of any such transactions. Is Sanusi the CBN ex Governor who was installed as the Emir of Kano by APC———via Tinubu still alive and well——let him be man enough to speak up now—————————–APC should focus its janjaweed ideas on how we are going to expose and send the vampires behind boko haram in their janjaweed party——–to release the chibok girls they helped to kidnap———-waiting and wait we will for APC- to confess their sins against their adopted nation Nigeria—————-via buhari Sanusi–atiku-i kwnkaso————-tambiwal——-ati dangote———————————-sack dasuki ati gusau

    • Otile

      You are a sycophant of the Yorubas. Why not polish your English a little so that people can get a hint of your rambling? Nobody is impressed by the lines you juxtapose in your gibberish phrases. Do you think you can attract attention with the lines? Drunkard.

  • redeem

    what happens to the militants from the Niger delta who are being held in the gulag of dasuki———when are they going to be released———————————————————-

    • Chris1408

      You mean the criminals from the creeks? There’s really no difference between them and Boko Haram.

      • redeem

        @whala the question is when are they going to be released————–at least they did not kidnapp school kids or murder international civil servants—-they fought for their rights——their right to right all the wrongs done them since 1914———————————————they yearn to have their oil blocks back——–what are yr janjaweeds in boko haram fighting for——-nothing———–just busy like vampires killing innocent 9jas———with their drug infested brains-

        • Wähala

          The man asked about your criminals from the creeks… militancy ended with Amnesty Program, those wetbacks are common crooks. Dasuki should set them on fire!

        • Issei

          I think you are right,the deference between boko haram,and the boys from the creek is obvious,the deference is the creeks boys are in charge of the treasury and the political power,while the boko haram is charge of sambisa which is a no go area even to our military.you all know who’s heading the groups.

    • postman

      Your usually detached rants..

      • redeem

        let us see how boko haram will release the chibok girls—————————————aware they do not have them–there is nothing like chibok girls———most of those kidnapped by boko haram are holed up in fasholas residence- at ——- d ———-lagos state government house

    • TRUTH MASTER

      sickening!!!

  • Fineboy

    DISCLOSE, ARREST AND CONVICT THE CBN SPONSOR OF BOKO HARAM – VANGUARD

    “The question on the lips of Nigerians is: who is this person? What is so special about him
    that he cannot even be named? Why can’t he be brought out for the public to see the person
    who has helped in sending thousands of Nigerians to their early graves while the nation
    is faced with the greatest threat to her unity since the Nigerian civil war nearly 50 years ago?”

    “Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has added his voice to this allegation,
    affirming that his own independent inquiries showed that the same individual is indeed culpable.
    He went on to say that the name of the person has been made available to the highest authority in the land.”

    “Although the very thought that an individual in the top echelon of Nigeria’s ultimate Bank and regulator of the
    financial system will become a bankroller of our enemy, yet it is only such a
    high level conspiracy that can make Boko Haram to grow into the monster it has
    become. When this fellow is identified, tried and convicted, we will expect him
    to face the full wrath of the law.”

    …………………..VANGUARD Editorial Opinion

    [September 19th, 2014]

  • emmanuel

    This report is a confirmation that PT, APC and their other backers work closely with Boko Haram and do not want an end to it.

    Anyone who has interest of. Nigeria would not publish such reports.

    This is enough for Jonathan to come down hard of the junk online felons.

    The USA media must not publish such report while negotiations are on, but the Janjaweed media houses in Nigeria do all such to earn fraudulent income. Shame

    • TRUTH MASTER

      You are pathetic. The business of the media is to disseminate, not to hoard information. Remember also that the Nigerian constitution guarantees freedom of information. PT has done nothing wrong

      As for the APC, you are living in the past. The narrative has changed. Those sponsoring Boko Haram are either within the PDP or are friends of the President.

      • redeem

        A————-TRUE——————————SO WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS———–We are unable to post your comment because you have been blocked by The Punch. <

      • SB

        God bless you for schooling this ignorant fellow.

      • Sword of Damocles

        taking your point further, CNN is reporting the same thing, stating that Boko haram is only willing to release 30 of our girls.

    • Truthometer

      Pathetic fellow, what is the role of media in a democratic society?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Fellow is too nice a word to describe him.

        And I think ‘pathetic’ may feel belittled by being used to describe such an undistinguished being!

      • redeem

        is to blacklist deri aka redeem———————We are unable to post your comment because you have been blocked by The Punch. <

      • emmanuel

        The media thrive is societies that must be protected at very difficult times with concerted efforts to achieve results.

        For you paid hands it does not matter, unfortunately, your masters will not have it anything before 2035.

        The USA media is the largest globally, yet are able to keep away these kind of information until it is time for exchange which is a phenomenon I have observed for over 20 years. Your understanding of media practice is splash all information in the public, but you can keep those for which you have been bribed by your masters.

    • Wähala

      You’re so stup*d I can smell your ignorance from here. Israelis, Pakistanis, Columbians and even Americans have been known to negotiate with Hamas, Taliban, FARC and other terrorist outfits to secure the release of their citizens. How is media house doing their job a “confirmation” that they work closely with murderous thugs? Quite frankly, some people should be banned from thinking… you & Deri top that list. Clowns!

      • emmanuel

        We all know that you are a street urchin who has been technically retired from your daily Western Union payments from yahoo jobs, through the efforts of the EFCC.

        Why dem nor go ban you from thinking, when your reasoning takes root only from the falsehood churned out to your infested soul by your media friends who work in consonance with those who cannot access the presidency to plunder Nigeria in their usual way.

        I am sure you know over time that we do not belong to the same class of humans, because I originate ideas, get balanced opinion and judgement and make my speeches.

        You need some light years to come close to me
        .

    • SB

      We are in a democracy. There is freedom of expression. The known promoters and sponsors of boko haram are in the pdp led gej adminstration..

      • emmanuel

        Freedom of expression has limits too if you do not know. If not for anything, it has moral and legal limitations, which fools like you have refused to recognise.

        How many times have those who know about your failed family background come into this forum to splash your evil antecedents on this page? That is simple moral limits of freedom of expression which PT should actually have drawn on so that fools like you can face better pastime when the negotiation goes on.

    • Guguru

      Emmanuel,

      Your id!ocy shines so brightly. You sound like you Kiss the feet of the PDP. Man, you are one heck of an id!ot.

  • Udoji A. Ikeji

    If Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is the “CBN top official” who’d sponsored Boko Haram,
    it is right to name and arrest him now, and without further delay. President Jonathan
    owes Nigerians a clear duty under the 1999 Constitution to deter all security threats
    to the nation. Talking in parables of “a top CBN official” shows Jonathan in bad light.

    • Auwal

      If I were u, I wouldn’t have made any comment here with the latest scandal of arms deal involving ur so – called CAN PRESIDENT. I think Oritsejefo should be arrested first on boko haram issue before Sunusi.

    • Wähala

      Sanusi is no longer “a top CBN official”…that fellow still works there and has three sons under arrest for the Nyanya park bombings. Sabusi doesn’t have three sons, you are out of luck there punk! Wonder why the two Nigerians arrested in South Africa have not been named either? It’s because they are all friends of your creek moron. Dindinrin!

      • Dolapo

        Wahala:

        Haba! Don’t be an accomplice to evil. Thousands of Nigerians are being killed.
        The Boko haram sponsor was a ‘top CBN official’ at the time he was found out – not now.
        Professor Soyinka had this precise information on him (from foreign governments) last year.
        Was Sanusi Lamido Sanusi a top CBN official last year or not? Please get serious now, i beg.

        • Wähala

          Do you understand what you read at all? Read my comment again, I don’t have patience with slow thinkers and I’m never in the mood for niceties. Are you willing to bet one of your balls it’s Sanusi they’re referring to? Notice I said, “one of your balls”…it’s bcos I don’t want to incapacitate you in the bedroom cos I know you will lose if you bet both. Clown. The CBN man is still there as MD… does Sanusi still work there? Does Sanusi have three sons? Kai mallam! Make I no vex o abegi…

          • True Nigerian

            Dolapo, your reading comprehension skills must be very bad. You need to improve it. At no time did Mr Davis or Professor Soyinka suggest that the CBN suspect is Sanusi. In fact, they said the person is still there, which completedly rules out Sanusi. But Nigeria obviously has many “half-educated” poor readers like you. Not that they don’t see what they read; the trouble is just that when they read, they only see where thinking before they started reading. Hahahaha! The consequence is that they would think that the letter “C” has the same meaning as the word “see”. Hahahaha! I laugh in Igala!

            You fall my hand o! Ijebu people are usually smarter than what you have portrayed with yourself.

          • emmanuel

            You are a bumcum who must not be taken seriously.
            A deluded fellow who says he thinks fast from reportage he gets from a compromised media house as basis for his incongruous comments. You are fit for a garbage bin.

            Onye ohi!

          • Guguru

            emmanuel the animal, which wolf raised you, and in what zoo were you raised?

  • Mr Igbo Sanity

    The Economist called the jonathan regime CALLOUS (VERY WICKED) at the height of world outcry to free 200 young children, held by jonathan’s boka boys. 3 months ago, ———————–former Daily Trust reporter, Mr Tafida,———————————– negotiated a deal to release boka boy’s wives and children———————– in exchange for our children. Just minutes before the first batch of the swap was to take place,——————— the wicked one, Jonathan, called from France and ————————-cancelled the deal.
    Now the same wicked, one, Jonathan want to release 16 of his boys (Top boka boys) in exchange for our children.
    No Nigerian that is born of a woman, has a mother , a sister or a daughter should support this wicked one jonathan in 2015!

    • Wähala

      That journalist is Ahmed Salkide. He was brought home from self-imposed exile in Dubai to wade in because he grew up with murdered BH leader, Yussuf and had gained trust and respect from the terrorists. He cut a deal with the ragheads that would have freed most of the girls until Dumbo called from the Peace Conference in Paris to scuttle the deal… Ditto, Dr. Davis from Australia. Wicked, ijaw Jona had agreed to the release of the girls, only for his Niger Delta militants to re-kidnap them and return them to the Boko Haram. So, like I’ve always known and said: Dumbo is the kingpin of Boko Haram, Abu Shekau is most likely Reno Omokri with a rag around his head; Oletsejafor runs their religious wing… Ihejirika, their military wing, and Ali Modu Sheriff runs the political wing. Meanwhile, their modus operandi was to divert attention and blame the opposition. Na GOD not Zulus catch evil Dumbo in South Africa… na God!

      • Guguru

        LOL. True.

      • Otile

        A special place is reserved for all of you that hate Igbo people. Karma has started haunting you all starting from Bornu empire. Why not kill off yourselves there without involving Igbo people? Don’t forget to take your buddy Deri Orbuka aka redeem with you to hell.

    • redeem

      @wahala————-what did the economist call d Ibo ————-General—— Ihejirika——————————-u have no shame—no sense of history—————————seems u must have been picked from an orphanage some where in abriba————–so no pain———-no family history———–no mother no father——–having been brought up by a fulani soldier during the civil war———so——-even if u are called a slave–u see such as being glorified- by the people in APC——————–again like I said there are ibos like u who also enjoy being called Osus—————————ihejrika is an Ibo army general promoted to the post of CAS—by an ijaw——-president———————and he is being demonized—reduced to nothing—and here u are–an ibo man beatifying those——fulanis——-who wish yr ancestors dead———————the worst in their miserable lives———and—u are here dancing yr heart our for them————teaching them————-how—-to do the atilogu dance——–na waya 4 u————–Nyako said the Ibos are the ones killing fulanis in boko haram——because of the civil war—————-yet because u have no sense of self worth—-u come here to sing the praise of yr accusers——————mumu————————————why are the ibos like that—————?–boko haram has killed more Ibos in the north than any other tribe———————————yet the Ibos do not care————its really sad—————-most 9jas often wonder what makes u guys thick———————-what is it————-that makes u not have any feeling for those whose life are being cut short by boko haram——-?—————–why are ibos like oby on the streets of abuja—not troubled by what has befallen ihejirika———————-why ibo manu-why–yet u claim to be the wisest human on mother earth—————————a jew for that matter-now Egyptian abi—–animal

      • Wähala

        Why can’t you write your tantrums without drawing lines? Everybody who makes sensible comments is @Wähala to you so I’m not bothered… that’s why I curse the sh*t out of you at the slightest opportunity. My comments will continue to give you fuuuls heartburns at the Presidency until Dumbo is towed to jail in Den Haag where he belongs. Don’t worry… drunkard!

        • Guguru

          Wahala,

          That day is coming my brother. I dream of that day too. There will be an international trial of this administration, one way or another.

  • Wähala

    Shameless Jona Dumbo, using our school girls for political gains and cheap propaganda. After he twice vetoed deals that would have freed the girls long ago, he waited until he sealed his party’s nomination for illegal re-election before seriously negotiating for the girls’ freedom. He wants to use their freedom as campaign and electioneering chip, to say he’s a secured their freedom without firing a shot. Only a sadist would put innocent students thru such inhumane ordeal for selfish, political needs. I’m not surprised, 59 sleeping boys had their heads dismembered from their bodies and till date, Dumbo has not said one word about that horrendous incident. Dumbo and his PDP are behind the kidnapping, the proof is in the sightings of Nigerian Air Force helicopters dropping food and medicine to the terrorists they are supposed to be killing… the confirmation is in the exposure of Gen. Uhejrirka, Abu Modu Sheriff and juju-pastor Oletsejafor as kingpins in the criminal cartel of killers. That’s why the ICRC is not taking chances with any Nigerians on their team of negotiators, the Americans and even Cameroonians are not sharing sensitive information with any member of Dumbo’s Govt… now, Zulu Zuma will try the two np-name Nigerians and their identities is when sh*t will hit ceiling… stay tuned!

    • Guguru

      Well stated.

    • emmanuel

      Your PT collaborators blow the lid off every negotiation before it progresses and the intention is usually to instigate the insurgents with provocative publications so that they back off and the FG is seen in bad light.

      You are Evil. A bat who call him self bird.

      • Guguru

        Shut up. Lunatic.

      • Abdulkareem Saddam Abdulazeez

        ‘A bat who calls himself bird’???????
        Hahahahahaha!
        I dey laugh o!

  • redeem

    @wahala————-what did the economist call d Ibo ————-General—— Ihejirika——————————-u have no shame—no sense of history—————————seems u must have been picked from an orphanage some where in abriba————–so no pain———-no family history———–no mother no father——–having been brought up by a fulani soldier during the civil war———so——-even if u are called a slave–u see such as being glorified- by the people in APC——————–again like I said there are ibos like u who also enjoy being called Osus—————————ihejrika is an Ibo army general promoted to the post of CAS—by an ijaw——-president———————and he is being demonized—reduced to nothing—and here u are–an ibo man beatifying those——fulanis——-who wish yr ancestors dead———————the worst in their miserable lives———and—u are here dancing yr heart our for them————teaching them————-how—-to do the atilogu dance——–na waya 4 u————–Nyako said the Ibos are the ones killing fulanis in boko haram——because of the civil war—————-yet because u have no sense of self worth—-u come here to sing the praise of yr accusers——————mumu————————————why are the ibos like that—————?–boko haram has killed more Ibos in the north than any other tribe———————————yet the Ibos do not care————its really sad—————-most 9jas often wonder what makes u guys thick———————-what is it————-that makes u not have any feeling for those whose life are being cut short by boko haram——-?—————–why are ibos like oby on the streets of abuja—not troubled by what has befallen ihejirika———————-why ibo manu-why–yet u claim to be the wisest human on mother earth—————————a jew for that matter-forgot——–now Egyptian abi—–animal

    • Fulani man

      You are not a Nigerian, u will never see peace in your home……..

    • shehu

      Fulaniphobia. You have a lot to do boy.

  • the truth

    It is issues Luke this that make me suspect premium times as another wing of boko haram.they really sympathize withh their cause.I don’t see any responsible media house blowing up the cover of a top secretive mission like this.the new York times won’t blow up Obama’s covert action against Isis.this is really repugnant.if this is not to derail governments action then tell me what it is

  • the truth

    And it is appalling that people who were clamouring for the girls to be brought back are now saying Jonathan is doing this for politics.there is nothing this man would do that would satisfy some people.

    • Otile

      That is the Yoruba people for you, human chameleons.

  • Bigzy

    I hope that the Australian mercenary is no where near the negotiations.

  • Guguru

    Nigerians are completely doused with so much lies from Jonathan and his army of tricksters that people do not care anymore. Jonathan has oppressed Nigerians with lies and deceit. People now believe the lies. I pray that Nigerians can escape the spirit of lies and deceit that pervades the Nigerian system. Shame on Jonathan for parading the worst of lies and deceit that Nigeria can offer.

    • emmanuel

      You are just a mumu who has been overtaken by hatred for someone who is working hard to turn Nigeria fortune around.

      A nation so bedeviled by corruption which you too are not left out. Lets get to an ATM machine where people are on queue and see if you would be patient enough to wait? That is when you would probably show that you are one small big man.

      You are here talking about unsubstantiated issues.

      • Guguru

        Really? Does saying “mu mu” mean that you are a cow? How much grass and foliage have you consumed today on the pasture you were left this evening? So, a man who agreed to transport $9.3 million illegally to South Africa, where the money has now been seized, is turning things around? A man who honored Abacha, a most corrupt President, in the centenary celebrations is turning things around? A man who appointed a corrupt Head of Civil Service,. Mr Fikasi, and then handed Mr Fikasi the CFR award, is turning things around? A man who heralded the daily deaths of Nigerians from the hands of BH and the abduction of over 200 girls, is turning things around? A man who went dancing on stage in a political rally in Kano State on the day the Chibok girls were abducted and a day after the Nyanya bus explosion in Abuja, is the one you think is turning things around? Are you a cow? LOL!

        • Isaac Azor

          You just got Emmanuel an upper cut resulting in a knock out!

          • Guguru

            LOL!

        • Otile

          You can conjure any ugly memory of Jonathan real or imagined as you like, the man will be there till 2019 if the country is still one that time.

          • Guguru

            okay, if you say so.

      • bash

        Which work is he doing, any way developing corruption, insecurity, smuggling of money, unnecessary lies, after all these what work again?

        • Otile

          Did these vices not start with Gowon till Yar’Adua, how do you expect one single tenure of Jonathan to wipe away all these vices and make Nigeria immaculate? Jonathan cannot wave a magic wand to wipe away the rots of so many donkey years created by corrupt Northern rulers. Kapish?

      • Nigerian

        If he is really working hard to turn Nigeria around positively, people wouldn’t have to wait long at ATM machine and many wouldn’t have been killed in NIS job recruitment exercise.

        • Otile

          How was the arduous work of withdrawing money when your Hausa Fulani favorites were ruling?

    • jack meofferman

      TB JOSHUA IS RAPING LITTLE MUSLIM GIRLS..BOKO HARAM NEEDS TO TAKE OUT TB JOSHUA

  • jack meofferman

    $50,000 DOLLAR REWARD FOR THE ARREST OF TB JOSHUA FOR SERIAL CHILD RAPE

    • jack meofferman

      william branham followers are alos raping nigerian children

    • Otile

      Don’t divert everybody’s attention from your imam. This is all about him(Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) not about TB Joshua.

      • jack meofferman

        TB JOSHUA IS RAPING YOUNG MUSLIM GIRLS AND I HAVE PROOF..THE MUSLIMS NEED TO STOP THIS EVIL RAPIST NOW !! TB JOSHUA IS RAPING MUSLIM CHILDREN AND MURDERING THEM

  • Ike

    The Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) settled an un-necessary debate on Premium Times.
    In April this year, the SSS issued a summons to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for terrorism investigations.
    The SSS stated clearly that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is wanted for financing terrorism in Nigeria.
    To remove all doubts on the intelligence it un-covered the SSS then filed a sworn affidavit in court.
    Sanusi Lamido Sanusi thus remains wanted by the State Security Service for terrorism investigation.

    • Mackay

      @ Ike:

      More than anything else Sanusi Lamido needs a court trial to cleanse his name.
      If he cares for honor he will voluntarily submit to the criminal justice system forthwith.
      Only a final court acquittal on the merits can dis-entangle Sanusi Lamido from this
      intricate web of frauds. Nothing he says by himself carries weight whilst under a cloud.

      Every accused criminal smells of bad odour, especially in the context of terrorism financing.
      It seems to me beyond a doubt that Sanusi Lamido’s own deeds and the choices he made
      altogether put him in bad standing. That’s why he needs a court trial the more and urgently.
      The total amounts in question at CBN total a trillion Naira in mostly un-proved expenditure.

      Nobody can walk free with that sort of money and smell like roses. At any rate,
      a honest person should never be implicated in such serial infamy, because a
      reasoning person – an intellectual – not given to greed, will avoid foreseeably
      un-savoury consequences by un-thinking and sheer lust for money and power.

      • Otile

        Immoral Sanusi Lamido has no intention of clearing his name or being accountable to his crimes at CBN. He would rather hide in the Caliphate/Sultanate of Kano to avoid arrest.

    • bash

      That is why Jonah and ur CAN president smuggled money to buy arms for boko haram abi?

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  • Olalere Yusuf

    Thanks for the effort GEJ. However, one name is still missing on the name of national award recipients. That is, …… the arms supplier to Boko Haram, unholy Papa Ayo Oritsejefor of the Eagle Air Company and Eagle Height University, Omadino, Warri

  • Hassan

    Nigeria cannot solve Boko Haram without pulling the financial plug on the Islamic militia.
    That’s why Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s arrest (as an officially-designated terror suspect) is exigent.
    Compared to the articulate, upright and ethical Sanusi Ado Bayero, the first son of Emir
    Ado Bayero who died early this month, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi looks like a misfit.

    There’s a clear difference between Emir of Kano and a Kwankwaso-iinfested Emir.

    Indeed, Vanguard newspaper saw this point and reported as follows: “Sanusi Lamido’s

    emirship is yet to receive recognition of first class emirs or chiefs as none – either from the North

    or South – has shown up in Kano on solidarity visit, and the story is basically the same on the home front.”

  • Hassan (Esquire)

    Nigeria cannot solve Boko Haram without pulling the financial plug on the Islamic militia.
    That’s why Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s arrest (as an officially-designated terror suspect) is exigent.
    Compared to the articulate, upright and ethical Sanusi Ado Bayero, the first son of Emir
    Ado Bayero who died in June this year, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi looks like a misfit.

    There’s a clear difference between Emir of Kano and a Kwankwaso-iinfested Emir.
    Indeed, Vanguard newspaper saw this point and reported as follows: “Sanusi Lamido’s
    emirship is yet to receive recognition of first class emirs or chiefs as none – either from the North
    or South – has shown up in Kano on solidarity visit, and the story is basically the same on the home front.”

    • Jojo

      “With his petulance, foul temperament and imprudent conduct, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi
      impoverished the sobriety and dignity of the office of Governor of Central Bank
      of Nigeria in ways that made his appointment seem like an error in the first
      place”.

      “Firstly, contrary to his mandate of being a frontline steward of the nation’s economy,
      achieving low inflation, stabilising the Naira, and protecting the autonomy of
      the apex bank, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank- Sanusi Lamido –
      spent more time playing politics and playing to the gallery”.

      “In his public outbursts and most recently on the NNPC’s funds, Sanusi Lamido
      approbated and simultaneously reprobated to the extent that the primacy of his
      concerns and revelations were obviated by his flippancy”.

      ………The Guardian newspaper Editorial
      (March 5th, 2014)

    • awta

      I am always amazed at how the hate some people have for a certain individual either because of his tribe, religion… can cloud their sense of reasoning.

      Do you realy think that if Sanusi was truly a sponsor of terrorism he would have gotten away from accusing and humiliating the president? Do yiu realy think he would have the guts to even do so?

      Another thing is why would he openly jeopardize his source for funding (CBN) boko haram by openly challenging and humiliating the president.

      • Otile

        Sanusi has been insulting the President just like any other Northern rude ruler for cheap political gains. But has he ever insulted or denounced Boko Haram. Only a goat will believe that Sanusi is not one of the sponsors of Boko Haram.

    • kwaro

      You’re not telling the truth, you’re a bloody liar.

  • jack meofferman

    TB JOSHUA IS RAPING LITTLE MUSLIM GIRLS..SOMEONE NEED S TO STOP HIM NOW

  • Egbu Yugo

    Only Governor Oshiomhole showed up with his trophy wife who by the way conducted herself with decorum.

    You realise that this sounds sexist.Lara is an accomplished former model & air hostess.

    • dudu

      Methink that is uncalled for, Lara is not a minor and she is a legally married woman for goodness sake, and Oshiomole is entitled to being married again, please let this couple be Nigerians.

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      One believes the author made this distinction to emphasize the “no nonsense” tone of the visit! It is not a sightseeing visit, neither is it an invitation to a wedding.

      While people are free to bring their spouses, the seriousness of the situation in Nigeria dictated otherwise. Oshiomhole is part of the Nigerian Government. his wife is not!

  • Adeyinka Fashokun

    As the popular saying goes, “Perception is reality”. The reputations, both, good and bad in the view of the whole world still persist. I believe as Charles that with our new leader is the real leader we have been waiting for. I dare not call many of our past ‘president’ or ‘head of state’, leaders with styles mimicking a marooned sleepwalker. Nigeria is now blessed with a time-tested true leader who can shepherd us to gracious and glories we have always pompously pride ourselves to be as Nigerians. What we have is a Leader who has a mission and would drive us together to his vision of a new Nigeria where we all feel good and perceived as good.

    Adeyinka Fashokun
    USA

  • David Efanga

    Very articulate and unbiased reporting laced with sincerity, passion and deep sense of patriotism. Nigerian leaders, past and present, as well as every well-meaning Nigerian within and in the diaspora should read this Article and give very careful thought to the ideas and recommendations carefully, boldly and eloquently presented by Charles in this Article.

  • MI

    Dear Charles,
    Excellent presentation of what took place in Washington DC of Buhari’s visit and on point. Please I’ll encourage your for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians to reach out to Femi Adesina for a One-on-One with PMB. I think you have made some very intelligent and critical suggestion / recommendations in your article for consideration. Majorly, “to seize the momentum of good will and trust generated by this visit to reposition Nigeria; and two to resuscitate NIDO and engage them fully in the project of re-engineering New Nigerian Image and thirdly, minimum standard and requirement for the Nigerian missions. I sincerely hope you’ll reach out. Thank you for the objective presentation of the visit.

  • Ukpabi A. Ojo

    This is a well articulated and unbiased rendition of His Excellency’s US visit. Accordingly, the onus is on the present Nigerian Administration to ensure that they tap the enormous talents within the Nigerian Diaspora Community. The rebranding of the Nigerian image can only be achieved if, and only if Nigeria’s Public Servants will imbibe the culture of selflessness and detribalised commitment to nation building. Furthermore, our Embassy Staffers MUST understand that they are the first “observatory window” for our Foreign Mission, hence, must be perceived as people of excellence and integrity. Preparatory to the visit of a Foreign Investor and/or a Tourist to another nation is the collection of a Visa which will necessitate their contact with the Embassy/Consulate Staff. Cramped spaces with broken furniture, outdated computers and dysfunctional HVAC System is not befitting to a supposed Giant of a nation. Little things matter!

  • The President’s visit was surely a mission with a vision accompanied by an entourage that without a doubt signals the new era of Change. Charles has summarized the visit impeccably just as I must also credit the Nigerian team for there demeanor and countenance at all events. I have been privileged to be part of the accredited media team by previous Nigerian President’s and it is obvious that the current team has a result oriented agenda. We are watching and only pray for the promised change.