EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian govt. bungled Edwin Clark-led fresh negotiation to free Chibok girls

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram
The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

Why did the high level negotiations between the Nigerian government team and Boko Haram insurgents, led by a former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, to secure the release of 220 Chibok girls, crumble shortly before the Muslim Sallah holidays in Yola last July?

Knowledgeable sources to the negotiations, speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja, Yola, and Geneva, have offered rare insights into talks that have come closest yet to secure freedom for the abducted girls, and relieve President Goodluck Jonathan of perhaps the worst nightmares of his administration.

But the government bungled the process with its unnecessary exuberant display of enthusiasm and excessive show of force, insiders in the talks say.

Parties to the talks have refrained thus far from sharing thoughts on their negotiations because as some of them told this newspaper, “we all agreed to maintain a code of silence as a way of helping push the difficult process to a fruitful resolution and helping this country heal from the pains of this insurgency.”

It was the story of a 30-day intense and often dramatic negotiations that could have changed the history of the nation, involving two notable Nigerian civil rights leaders, Fred Eno, and Shehu Sani, along with Maiduguri-based lawyer, Mustapha Zanna, and PDP chieftain, Kaka Bolori, along with three top officials of the International Red Cross headquarters office in Geneva which served as the “interface” negotiators, and two field captains of the Boko Haram sect.

In terse responses to PREMIUM TIMES reporting on their negotiations, however, some of our sources have responded to confirm or deny aspects of questions posed to them, although it appears there is unanimity in their perception as to why the Clark Talks finally failed.

“It boils down, basically, to three key issues: inflexibility and lack of realism on the part of the insurgent forces; lack of support for a negotiated settlement to the insurgency on the part of security forces; and what appears to be government’s acceptance that the security forces were right,” highly placed officials close to the negotiation told PREMIUM TIMES.

Yola: The Elusive Prize:

There also appears to be agreement among most of the parties to the negotiation that the “Yola debacle” was the decisive point of failure in the talks.

After weeks of tough negotiations, the two sides finally accepted to what famously came to be dubbed the “prisoner swap” of the Chibok girls with some commanders of the Boko Haram fighting forces.

Insiders to the talk paid homage to Mr. Edwin Clark’s wisdom and staying power, saying he was deft at keeping sometimes difficult claims in perspective as the meetings wobbled on and on between contentious positions of both sides.

On prisoner swap for instance, our sources say, the insurgents were “initially modest in their demands, asking for just 10 of their field captains who appear to have a holding grip on the imagination of the fighting forces.” At this time, this was against the whole abducted girls.

While the security forces were combing detention centres,shopping for the 10 detainees, our sources say something strange happened, suggesting internal struggles in the camp of the insurgency forces. Our sources understood the “happening” to be a factional disagreement on the ethnic composition of the 10 names tabled for the swap. “They were all of Kanuri nationality and it appeared the Hausa/Fulani faction protested this.”

The result of this disagreement was about one week delay in the negotiations after which a “new list of 15 was tabled, and then it was increased to 16”.

The ICRC was then working with security forces to identify the names on the list. In this period, it wasn’t clear if security forces had all the names in demand, a situation that triggered a new frustration in the talks, according to our sources. Were they never captured or were they killed in battle or extra-judicially?

This development, according to one of our sources, led discussions along a frozen path. “We almost lost ten days again to this but after a meeting at the Kuje prisons, near Abuja, where Mustapha Umar, one of the commanders on the list was held, the government team saw a new ray of hope.”

However, distrust was now building and the team of two Boko Haram negotiators switched the terms of demand from 16 sect commanders for all the girls, to only 30 girls.

But Mr. Clark, according to our sources, told them there was no realism in their demands and that if they so cherished their compatriots, the smartest deal for them was to release all the girls. At any rate, Mr. Clark reportedly argued that such a deal would put President Jonathan at the butt of a new wave of criticism and provide fodder for the opposition. So this was not acceptable, he reportedly insisted.

“Swap is not our idea but the idea of the government,“ the Boko Haram negotiators initially argued, trying to insist on the high road, but they later deferred to the age of Mr. Clark, according to our sources.

At this point also, the ICRC team clarified the terms of their engagement, insisting that before the swaps, they would need clear commitments from the abducted girls and the detained fighters. “Prisoners and the girls must offer consent before the deal can be closed” ICRC insisted. To get the consent of the girls the ICRC said they were prepared to risk going into the enclave of the insurgency.

The Boko Haram negotiators reportedly said they were comfortable with this, and that it will also help “dispel the claims that the girls were being maltreated or that they have been forced into marriage which will shock many people when the girls return.”

With the Abuja negotiations sealed, Yola, the Adamawa state capital, was agreed as the point of swap. Government negotiators favoured a discreet arrangement where they would sneak into Yola, the Red Cross would take custody of the girls, and in turn yield the Boko Haram detainees to them and conclude the swap.

The management of the Yola episode, according to our sources, put paid to the whole arrangement. The government, in an exuberant show of enthusiasm chartered a Boeing 737 jet to convey the girls to Abuja from Yola. What was thought to be a discreet arrangement turned into a fantasia and loud orchestra show. Moreover, “when we arrived Yola, half of the airport was covered with security forces” noted one of the insiders to the deal.

“Then they moved negotiators to the presidential lounge for a two-hour wait…then 48 hours in the hotel…but Yola had been infiltrated by these people and the security presence sent a wrong signal…clearly these people didn’t trust the arrangement and they never showed up.”

When contacted Wednesday, some of the principal actors in the collapsed negotiation declined to provide details, saying it’s still premature to divulge “sensitive details”.

“The whole thing is unfortunate, but hopefully we can revive the negotiations,” one of the negotiators, Fred Eno, told PREMIUM TIMES. “The president desperately wanted the girls released, but politics of positioning stood in the way of progress.”

The President of the Kaduna-based Civil Rights Congress, Shehu Sani, insisted he was not comfortable discussing the matter at this time, suggesting that it was irrelevant talking about what worked and what didn’t work at least until the girls are rescued.

Mr. Clark did not answer or return calls made to his telephone on Thursday morning. He also did not respond to a text message sent to him.

Benoit Matsha-Carpentier, the Senior Media Officer for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was also unavailable Thursday morning. He is yet to return calls made to him.

Spokespersons for the Nigerian presidency were also unavailable to provide insight regarding why the administration acted the way it did in the final minutes of the negotiation. Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, as well as Doyin Okupe, the senior special assistant on Public Affairs, didn’t answer or return calls Thursday morning.

The over 200 girls, mostly teenagers, were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.


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  • redeem

    sack dasuki and ati gusau—————————–period————-they are d moles in government———–the boko haram war is being fought by fulanis not Kanuris——————-watch the present AIGP

    • Nigeria

      On this I agree with you. Gusau is not part of the govt. he is still bitter the north did not get the presidency. He has never hidden his disdain for the president and does not wish it well. He accepted to serve so as to close get close enough to sabotage and frustrate the govt. it is difficult to know why Jona preferred Gusau and Dasuki (IBB surrogate)

      • Wähala

        Think what you like but don’t reason like the bigot you’re responding to. Gusau has brought some sanity to security ops in Nigeria if you don’t know. The discovery that Ihejirika was selling army weaponry to the BH was the reason the Service Chiefs were sacked. Now, all contracts must pass thru Gusau’s desk that’s why we’re making progress. If he wants to get close to sabotage this incompetent Govt, wouldn’t he be better off plotting an outright coup to get rid of it? Dumbo has no choice, life is about give-n-take… he cannot steal the Presidency from the North without giving something in return, or his ass will roast like KFC. Kapisch?

        • WHOCARES

          “Steal the presidency from the north?” For someone who talks down others on this forum (and let’s not hope outside too), you seem really smart. And yes I am being sarcastic

        • Otile

          Stop asking people ‘kapisch?’. Say it in your native language which would translate: ka ji ko?

          • Wähala

            Shut-up dia!

  • Adoki

    These stories are becoming a dime a dozen. So how many different government teams were involved in negotiating with Boko Haram in the 12 months? I am getting really confused.

    • Swansea

      You choose to be confused! How many teams have you been told beyond the one involving the Red Cross? Isn’t this the same negotiation? And I’m sure you didn’t read the confirmation by the actors involved…I know your best bet would been the one championed by your yeye mentor and icon, the Otta farmer…

      • Adoki

        Obviously, it matters to people like you who eventually takes the glory for any breakthrough on Chibok. As for me, nothing will matter more than those kids coming home. Unfortunately for me, there is no glory yet to be taken, not to talk of the person to take the glory. But, unfortunately again, we know for sure that we are in this situation because some people chose to do drama and politics with the abduction, when it was their (government’s) responsibility to go after the abductors, in the early days of the abduction. The government and their propagandists, including the one purportedly now negotiating, were busy trying to convince people like you that no girl was abducted. Until one small Pakistani girl came here to tell them that the girls were actually abducted, then they believed her. But by then, unfortunately, so much mileage had been lost.
        And I hope you believe everything that you read in the above report, including the one that this latest effort was bungled because the government chose politics over the sanctity of human lives!

    • Wähala

      Thinking is not for everybody…
      Even The Telegraph newspaper of London reported the imminent release of the girls at about the time of this storyline. Besides Ahmed Salkida’s absence on this, all the actors have remained the same. Go-siddon!

      • D1

        Hey, your comments are mostly on point, but stop being abusive to everyone except redeem

        • Wähala

          Ok nah, Sorry ooh!

  • Wähala

    Incompetence is the hallmark of this Administration. In hostage situations, things move at kaleidoscopic speed and opportunities are quickly lost to someone who cannot think on his toes like Jona Dumbo. Fossil Clark did his best by insisting on ‘All or Nothing’ but, the “politics of positioning” flawed his reasoning. However, it was a tiny part in the failure, to me it’s ugly Marilyn Ogar of DSS infesting the exchange location with over-zealous goons and the sloppy idea of dragging the swap into endless hours. That was real DUMB. Why Abuja? Are the girls from Abuja? I guess, “politics of positioning” means milking the girls’ freedom for Dumbo’s political advantage over his opposition… to think like ol’ Clark. Sha, of the three key issues that led to the flop, inflexibility on the part of Govt not the Boko Haram is most striking. Security forces insisting on using brutality instead of carrot-n-stick is crass and must be reviewed. Their unnecessary show of force at Yola is proof of their inadequacies and poor training. They lack discretion and are boisterous in those bright red ties with loud communication devices, aka, walkie-talkies. Modern technology has tiny microphones you can wear in neckties, wrist-watch video devices and many other goodies ugly Mary Magdalene should explore and stop making an ass of security. Hopefully, the talks will be revived sensibly and girls finally brought home without deference to politics which is none of their business. Enough is Enough biko… after how many months?

    • redeem

      @WAHALA———–I KEEP ON TELLING U THAT U HAVE NO BRAIN———————–U SAY NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA——RE-READ THE RUBBISH U POSTED———-DAVIS GAVE THE SAME OLD WATERY EXCUSE———————–BLAMED THE MESS ON SECURITY AGENTS———-who posted large amount of money for any information that will lead to the arrest of Shekau or the release of the chibok girls- ——————there is no difference between this sponsored article to divert attention from the real issues concerning the release of the Chibok girls and the so-called involvement of Fulni traitors—-like Shehu Sani – who is neck deep in the activities of boko haram——–Its either the Nigerian government is being deceived—————–by Shekau——-and the vampires in boko haram ———or the politicians in APC do not want the girls freed period———————-or there are no girls to be released——————————-at all——————-

  • Samuel Okezie

    What a load of piffle. Boko Haram will move over 200 girls all the way to Yola. How can the swap location be at an unfavorable terrain to the rebels? Please find another story.

    • Wähala

      Did you expect Boko Haram to release them into Yankari Game Reserve? Did you read the piece at all? They were “negotiating” which means bargaining with all chips on the table. See why I insist some people should be banned from thinking? You qualify!

      • Samuel Okezie

        As one that bans people from thinking, you should have understood that negotiations were concluded and the federal government allegedly hired a boeing and crowded an airport with soldiers. Please show us your fecundity or lack of it.

        • Wähala

          Just as you wrote, “negotiations were concluded” and both parties agreed to everything…
          So, what’s your beef with the distance to Yola if the terrorists agreed to move the girls there?
          Are you not smart enough to know those girls are not in one location? Your sarcasm with, “what a load of piffle… please find another story” is what raised my antenna. The point I agree with you on is “crowding the airport with (goons)” which was the blunder that forcked-up the deal… Cheers!

          • Samuel Okezie

            Too bad you don’t even understand I don’t believe the entire story and you can’t connect dots. I’ll have to leave it with you here as we are not communicating.

          • Wähala

            It doesn’t matter what you believe…
            I can tell you Shehu Sani had alluded to the same frustrations with this Govt’s efforts even before this story. Like I said, the Telegraph of London had reported the girls were about to be released about the same time. So, nurse your doubts but don’t cast your net to an ordinary newspaper (PT) for rehashing the story. No one offered you odeku to read/believe them, life goes on… verpisst dich!

    • Adoki

      You know, like you, when I read the story, I was thinking: You mean BH would tell these people that they were moving all the girls all the way to Yola, and this people would believe them? Why would BH agree to an option like that? How would BH transport them? Through how many towns?
      When I read the story, my conclusion was the same one as when I read the Davis story: These people are talking to so-called BH commanders who had not intention of doing any deal (because they no longer have the girls in their custody) or can’t do any deal (because they were not the ones who abducted the girls and they never had the girls in the first place).
      If any deal was scuttled, it wasn’t at Yola Airport. There was only a phantom negotiation going on all along. An experienced negotiator should have figured that out.

  • Ken

    Shehu Sani again. Mr Boko Haram hiding under the cloak of human rights activist…yet he wants to becom a senator of the Federal Republic. SMH

    • Umar Dendi

      I don’t recall anyone accusing the folks that negotiated with the Talilban of being Taliban.
      We’all know however that Dokumbo declared war on Nigerians!

      • Otile

        They negotiated for NATO to leave Afghanistan to practice their Islam as they see fit. People should be negotiating for the Federal troops to leave Boko Haram implement their Islamic Caliphate so as to practice Islam as they see fit. Mutum sha sha sha ka ji ko?

        • Umar Dendi

          pathological tribalist, you assume the people of Borno want to have an Islamic Calpihate. Do you even Know how many christians and animists are native to Borno??

          what am i saying, of course you wouldn’t know. for folks like you the world begins and ends in the Jungles of Southern Nigeria.
          By your lame way of thinking the Brits should have allowed you and your ancestors to keep killing Twins as you saw (or perhaps still see) fit? Right??
          When you were walking around topless and worshiping the gods of the Creeks and babalawos.
          Grow up S_ _ _ your nasty insults intimidate no one!

          • Otile

            We all know that Borno is one of the 12 sharia states that Imam and other jihadists want. So advise non Mohammedans living there to leave or face slaughter. Since I was born I have never seen anybody killing twins, burning churches or beheading people over religion in my place. These are daily occurrence in your neighborhood, no be so?

          • Umar Dendi

            Thank God for Mary Slessor. Whats it with you guys?

            Do you really think you can re-write History? that you erase every book of History??

            Come on. we are not all ghọgbuo!

          • Otile

            Whatever story you heard about Slessor, the beheading of the moment is going on in your backyard, no be so? Can you deny the existence of boko?

  • Umar Dendi

    Why do we need to negotiate with them?
    Why cant we just flush them to hell and rescue the Girls!
    Nigeria’s territory is under the control of a rag tag group of bandits and we want to negotiate?

    • Otile

      Why are you afraid of some people having their independence? I guess, in the case of the newly declared Islamic Caliphate you are scared they will outdo you liberal moslems in religious activities. In the case of Biafra they are going shine in technology and development. In the case of SS they will control their oil resources. You know you have nothing to outdo anybody hence you want to hold everybody together in agony.

      • Umar Dendi

        Says the very same people who hankered after the North in the 1950’s. i wonder at this pathetic attempt by Southerners to some how re-write history.
        You said you wanted an independent Nigeria by 1956, we said to hell with you, we’re seceding, but you said NOOooo. you rallied a band of racists and committed wholesome murder, you took over for 6 months and intimated the whole nation, then you paid the Price; then you suddenly blew the trumpet of self determination!!

        Were the hell was it at Lancaster house, of course you thought because you had a few educated fellows you could simply dominate every one, then you saw how wrong you were.
        Who’s Afraid of Division?

        NB for your info, in 1966 it was the South-South that said lets keep Nigeria, NOT THE NORTH. But you wouldn’t know that, a people that were walking around naked and slaughtering babies less than a century ago would not!

        Science and Tech?? What?? if Biafara had Science and Tech then the Homo Habilis was a space faring species
        OIL??? Come on. we’ll see what happens in 2 decades when the creeks run dry and your cocoa leaves lie infested with the black crude you all like to think is a blessing!

        • Otile

          You see how evil your mind has become growing up in Arewa. You are wishing the oil that feeds you to dry out in 2 decades when you would have left this world. Why are you wishing evil infestation to cocoa trees too? We shall never wish evil for your groundnut pyramids. We wish you would make it profitable and leave our oil alone. It is pathetic that you are still bragging about a war Britain, Russia and the Arabs fought for you. How much did Gowon own Britain after the genocide? Fools realize that wars are wasteful. Steal as much oil as you can, but stop making wars. We have not denied you our oil at any time. All your school, hospitals, roads, and salaries of your corrupt politicians are paid with our oil money, be grateful for once.

          • Umar Dendi

            You Know, a prisoner in jail is always innocent!
            A Loser ………………………..
            well
            A loser, well..in your case;. the Brits and the soviets and Arabs kicked his Ass.
            No Matter; it was the good old GREEN_WHITE_GREEN standing at the end of the fight

          • Otile

            How come those GR..WH..GR are now falling apart, reality has dawned you people ba? Can you people fight a war without the world doing it for you? Your al-Queda pay master will be driven out of Arewe very soon, so what are you going to do?

  • redeem

    @WAHALA———–I KEEP ON TELLING U stop taking that oyibo gbana———————–U SAY NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA——RE-READ THE RUBBISH U POSTED———-DAVIS GAVE THE SAME OLD WATERY EXCUSE——-not different from what we are READING HERE NOW—————BLAMED THE REFUSAL of BOKO HARAM to RELEASE the GIRLS FIRST– ON THE SECURITY AGENCIES–WHOM ACCORDING TO DAVIS- POSTED A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY AS REWARD– FOR THE CAPTURE OF SHEKAU–AND THE EVENTUAL RELEASE OF THE GIRLS MINUTES B4 ARRANGEMNENTS WERE COMPLETED FOR THEIR freedom————- AND LAST but not the least–WHAT HE TERMED AS IN-FIGHTING AMONG THE FACTIONS IN BOKO HARAM——THAT IS THE KANURI GROUP ati the Fulani – ——GROUP ——————there is no MUCH difference between this sponsored article–designed to divert attention from the real issues———— concerning the release of the Chibok girls and the so-called involvement of Fulani traitors—-like Shehu Sani – who is neck deep in the activities of boko haram——-Its either the Nigerian government is being deceived—————–by DASUKI for Shekau——-and the fulani vampires fighting in boko haram ———or the politicians in APC do not want the girls freed period————-or there are no girls to be released——————————-at all——————-hence the need to fire dasuki————————because he dasuki as the NSA—–is supposed to keep the nation abreast of the ongoing nonsense by the security agencies——–and–the armed forces——————–concerning the chibok girls and the entire APC sponsored boko haram war—–

    • Zarto Ali

      you always assume to know more than the president and c in c himself.

      • redeem

        why are u FULANIS scared oF dasuki being fired—he is useless as the NSA—————————–

        • Mohstone

          We never supported his appointment in the first place. Go and ask Dumbo why he appointed him ???

    • Wähala

      Count all the lines in your comment and tell us who is on gbana… dindirin!

  • Wise Head

    Premium Times has told us how money was shared by journalists at Mr. TB Joshua’s enclave in Lagos the other day (and we must commend that noble effort), but when is the “online paper” going to tell us how money was shared at ATIKU Abubakar’s declaration of his presidential run yesterday in Abuja? Are we to take it that there was no money shared out to reporters who covered the event or are they shedding that responsibility because the story that have been making the rounds that Premium Times is owned by Atiku Abubakar may likely be true? Yes, the same Atiku (the man OBJ and several others have laboured so hard to portray as the face of corruption in Nigeria). Knowing Atiku’s famed, exceptional “generosity” towards reporters, I challenge Premium Times to say that it did not notice any sharing of money at that event.

    Now, who is the publisher of Premium Times? Now, this “paper” does not sell on the newsstands and have only few adverts on its page, how then does it pay its several “morally upright” reporters and editors and senior editors? The onus is on Premium Times to tell Nigerians who funds its operations and underwrites its wages? Since its has become the beacon of ethics and transparency in Nigerian journalism, the Editors of Premium Times should start by announcing who their publisher is. Physician heal thyself first

    • D1

      No, the onus is on you to do an extensive investigation, with documents and photo evidence and present it to us. You laid the accusations, you present the evidence for us to see. At least, PT go to a length, trying so hard with grave threat to their lives to present us with ‘juicy’ and captivating stories that mostly turn out to be true. Don’t just come here with wishful thinking and peddle it as the truth. ‘Patient heal thyself’

    • the truth

      do you think they would tell you. when i said it earlier that atiku had stake in pt they called me all kinds of name. tinubu earlier used to deny ownership of the nations newspaper, now he has accepted. bunch of criminals

      • Gnwatch

        This is arrant nonsense. What bearing has this to do with the issue of freeing the girls. I am sure you are one of the paid agent of GEJ that is commisssioned to write nonsense and attack any dissenting voice on general online discuss. This platform is for intelligent people, those yawning for the progress of our dear country. I may have one or two issues against Tinubu and Atiku, but their case is not the subject matter at this point. It is bad enough that this government has not been able to rescue the girls and has confirm the widely held view that GEJ’s administration is the most irresponsible in Nigeria’s history. It took Cameroonians only 48hours to free the wife of their nation’s Vice President abducted by the same sect. And 5 months after it’s has been killing and abduction in Nigeria everyday, the president appear helpless and will not resign. The time for Nigeria’s version of the Arab spring is now. Chase out the clueless president from the seat of power.

        • the truth

          lol the same thing you are accusing me off is the same thing you are doing. so it is imperative from your disillusioned assumption assumption that i am a paid jonathan blogger for having a dissenting ideology like you, i should deduce that you are also a paid apc blogger for having a dissenting view , do you see how stu*id you look now. I know your type, why not come start the arab revolution and leave the comfort of your house where you are typing this bs, you must be a big dons. u want to instigate confusion while seating in your living room, come lead the arab spring apc gnwitch

        • redeem

          M y friend do u know what u are talking about at all———-my plea to people like u is to put on yr thinking caps once u appear on line—not just start to throw yr vomit at people anyhow——-it stinks———-only a mentally unstable human will blame the president——over the kidnap of the chibok girls—after government had sevedrally warned the governor of borno state- to close down schools near the war zone—–apart from that why dont u ask yourself why the US- was not able to rescue her hostages and allowed ISIS to behead them- in Iraq? Two American hostages were recently released in Syria after being held by d rebels for over two years—-u think as if the president is stationed at the war front————whether u like it or not the armed forces is split along tribal lines——period—————–because of the chibok girls the senate has just approved 1b dollar loan—-for the purchase of armed that often find their way into the hands of boko haram–Oil revenue which is being wasted on the fulanis fighting this useless boko haram religious war on behalf of APC————The same u will want to know why Nigeria is broke—tomorrow——————–money which would have gone into development projects————————what if we have no oil revenue–think for oce————-how would we have fought this self contrived fulani war in the north————yet the same fulanis in APC– are shamelessly begging Nigerians to vote for them again and again in APC—————-that is after the murder of kudirat and abiola–they are saying—no wahala—9jas will vote for us–provided we settle them with some few blood stained naira——————–the stole from the oil revenue base in d SS———————separation not another yeye boko haram led————election

    • Wähala

      The burden of proof is always on the accuser, not the accused. Why should PT indict themselves assuming your essay is on the money? Besides, the big difference is 115 people did not die at the Atiku Declaration you’re harping about, the rest is baldarash. Premium Times remains head and shoulders above all other Naija newspapers and their international awards speak volumes for them. Go-siddon! Why don’t you boycott PT in protest, that would be one-less clown for us to worry about. Ode buruku… omo ale!

      • Wise Head

        “for ‘us’ to worry about” – now you have blown you cover. It is clear now know where you are coming from

    • Mosaku 147

      If you have ‘the’ information about how money was shared to reporters who covered the event,please let us know instead castigating PT. I have hard pictorial evidence of young men being paid after a TAN rally. Let’s see yours and I will immediately post mine. Every and all politician in Nigeria share money.its left for whoever to accept and kill the ‘story’ or accept and publish.i would do the latter.
      As for the publisher of PT,you can find that out yourself if you really want to know. Any unbiased organization operating in Nigeria is either “owned” by Atiku or Tinubu.

      • Wise Head

        To associate Premium Times with the word “unbiased” is to egregiously abuse the term.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    Didn’t the government say it won’t ever negotiate with terrorists? Haven’t we lost much time in getting these girls into safety, as our government chose to grandstand? Would these girls have lasted this long in captivity if they were children of the high and mighty? Our conscience should prick us real hard for failing these girls…..and the inept FG must never be allowed to profit from its ineptitude

    • Gnwatch

      They even said Boko Haram members are faceless. Bunch of dishonest people.

      • NwaMbaise

        You guys are just ignorant. Even US, Britain, France, Australia and Italy were negotiating with ISIS before they beheaded their citizens. Every government in the world will negotiate with terrorists but will not come in the open and say it to animals like you.

    • greatbiodun

      well said sir, the federal government of this country has indeed failed to secure this girls , I wonder what will be happening to those girls now

    • Gideon Orkar

      How many Govts openly admit to negotiating with terrorists. The way you people reason sometimes shaaa….

      • TRUTH MASTER

        Couldn’t the government have kept quiet? Is that a crime?

  • the truth

    the government is in charge. god willing this girls would be returned. All we have to do is support the federal government and unify to fight this boko haram

    • Gnwatch

      Yeah we know the Government knew something about the abduction in the first place which is why since Steve Davis’ gave revelation about Sherrif and Government complicity in Boko Haram saga, the tempo of attacks on the North East by Boko Haram has nose dive. I know if Government wish to free those girls today they can and they are going to do it at the time it will suit GEJ’s re election bid

      • the truth

        so u believe davis 1st interview to arise tv and sahara reporters where he pointed at iherijiaka and sheriff, so in that case you would believe davis 2nd and 3rd interview to abc and vanguard which he called that he was tricked into making that interview by sahara reporters.ask yourself one question why didn’t premium times and sahara reporters carry the 2nd interview or tell nigerians he did do other interviews, hmmn was it because he implicated apc and the media plot on jonathan. you won’t know or hear that. please try to diversify your thoughts and read international papers who are not biased. so it was jonathan that arranged for those girls to seat for exams, when waec and the army warned shettima not to conduct exams there.but he insisted on those exams been conducted in chibok.Why haven’t the media let you know that he was written severally by waec and the fg not to write exams in chibok. they wont tell you that.use your head and see the grand plot

  • Gnwatch

    And this the same Edwin clerk and his Ijaw kinsmen who said Boko Haram are faceless people. So were Clark negotiating with? In fact this Govt is deficient in honesty and integrity. The only thing it has in abundance is falsehood, ineptitude and corruption.

    • the truth

      so it was only edwin clark that led the negotiation, over 5 names were mentioned in these write up, but you absorbed all of them and focused on edwin clark because he is ijaw. i hope nigerians are seeing why we cant move forward in this country. where tribal nepotism is in the aura and the opium of castigated individuals. i hope one day you would take away your tribalistic tendencies and see nigerians as nigerians notwithstanding their tribe or religion.god will see you there

    • NwaMbaise

      Are you so brainless? Would you negotiate with thin air? Is it not because Boko Haram made themselves available that negotiation was possible? You want the girls released, then jump into the sambisa, and be changed into a corned beef. Ebola like you

    • Nija pikin

      I bet you Edwin clerk will not remember any of the reported negotiations bcos he is high on kaikai mixed with snap

  • Gran puba

    Code of silence is the key.

  • Otile

    There was no real negotiation to release anybody. This was a grand scheme by a bunch of dishonest politicians to share our oil money. The Northerners know how to create crisis to make money. Look at all the wars, mini wars, crises, and misunderstanding the Northern elites have created in Nigeria from the beginning of the unholy union. God alone knows how much money wasted in these evil deeds. If the wasted resources were plowed into development Nigeria would be as developed as Switzerland today. Negotiations to free the girls my foot.

  • Ken

    Let the girls remain there and let us see if we can move on with our lives or not

  • Wise Head

    Premium Times has told us how money was shared by journalists at Mr. TB Joshua’s enclave in Lagos the other day (and we must commend that noble effort), but when is the “online paper” going to tell us how money was shared at ATIKU Abubakar’s declaration of his presidential run yesterday in Abuja? Are we to take it that there was no money shared out to reporters who covered the event or are they shedding that responsibility because the story that have been making the rounds that Premium Times is owned by Atiku Abubakar may likely be true? Yes, the same Atiku (the man OBJ and several others have laboured so hard to portray as the face of corruption in Nigeria). Knowing Atiku’s famed, exceptional “generosity” towards reporters, I challenge Premium Times to say that it did not notice any sharing of money at that event.

    Now, who is the publisher of Premium Times? Now, this “paper” does not sell on the newsstands and have only few adverts on its page, how then does it pay its several “morally upright” reporters and editors and senior editors? The onus is on Premium Times to tell Nigerians who funds its operations and underwrites its wages? Since its has become the beacon of ethics and transparency in Nigerian journalism, the Editors of Premium Times should start by announcing who their publisher is. Physician heal thyself first!

    • Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

      I was at the event. No money was shared.

      • Otile

        It was shared under the table. You were not meant to see it, hence you lost out and went home empty handed.

      • redeem

        There is no political event that money especially by APC is not shared———–no way—————————the media in Nigeria is under the control of APC–beyond that–what the said Nick wrote on the TB Joshua issue was rubbish————-the offence he alleged TB JOSHUA committed- was that he asked the journalist to tell him how he was going to present the story to the public—————period———————that according to him-was why he gave the reporters the 50k————–madness–of the highest order—Not that TB Joshua pleaded with him to lie about a given situation——————–that was what angered me——————

      • Wise Head

        Are also a staff of PT? Okay, you are coming out one by one.

  • redeem

    @gnwack–or whatever u call–yr regional soul——

    My humble plea to people like u is to put on yr thinking caps once u appear on line——with yr mama put-comments–often designed throw yr vomit at people anyhow——-it stinks———-only a mentally unstable human will blame the president——over the kidnap of the chibok girls—after government had severally warned the governor of borno state—– to close down schools near the war zone—–apart from that- why dont u ask yourself why the ALMIGHTY USA- was not able to rescue her hostages and allowed ISIS to behead them-in Iraq? Two American hostages were recently released in Syria after being held by d rebels for over two years—-u think as if the president is stationed at the war front————whether u like it or not— the armed forces is split along tribal lines——period—————–because of the chibok girls the senate has just approved 1b dollar loan—-for the purchase of arsenals–that often end as usual- into the hands of boko haram–That is my Oil revenue which is being wasted on the Fulanis fighting a useless boko haram religious war on behalf of APC————The same u will want to know why Nigeria is broke—tomorrow——————–money which would have gone into development projects————————what if we have no oil revenue–think for once————How would we have fought this self contrived fulani war in the north—-?——–Yet the same fulanis–who are behind the war——– are shamelessly begging Nigerians to vote for them again and again in APC—————-that is after they contrived to murder kudirat ati abiola–they are now telling 9jas—–no wahala—as if we have erasable memories in our skulls—-to vote for them without asking questions—Since we have become so cheap–The janjaweeds can settle us with the blood stained naira——————–the stole from my oil revenue base in d SS———————keep on blaming president instead of Nigerians putting aside their tribal marks to condemn BH———as for me I am for separation not another yeye boko haram led————election –again–Cause this janjaweeds in boko haram will again rear their ugly heads in another form in no distance time————-from amaitasine–we said nothing Izala–no wahala–behead akaluka–nothing–hanged ken–abila kudirat—-now boko haram–

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    • redeem

      -The same u will want to know why Nigeria is broke—tomorrow——————–money which would have gone into development projects————————what if we have no oil revenue–think for once————How would we have fought this self contrived fulani war in the north—-?——–Yet the same fulanis–who are behind the war——– are shamelessly begging Nigerians to vote for them again and again in APC—————-that is after they contrived to murder kudirat ati abiola–they are now telling 9jas—–no wahala—as if we have erasable memories in our skulls—-to vote for them without asking questions—Since we have become so cheap–The janjaweeds can settle us with the blood stained naira——————–the stole from my oil revenue base in d SS———————keep on blaming president instead of Nigerians putting aside their tribal marks to condemn BH———as for me I am for separation not another yeye boko haram led————election –again–Cause this janjaweeds in boko haram will again rear their ugly heads in another form in no distance time————-from amaitasine–we said nothing Izala–no wahala–behead akaluka–nothing–hanged ken–abila kudirat—-now boko haram–

  • Mosaku 147

    Big big lie.the deal got busted because the part payment of (ransom) cash through the Israeli and the two fictitious Nigerians got busted by Atiku (with the aid of his friend Zuma) in South Africa. Let them keep fooling themselves,we are watching.

  • Putain Niger prennes l’exemple du Cameroun et agisses bordel . Quel honte de voire tas de passivité .