Boko Haram ‘ceasefire’ triggers controversy as Nigerian govt. insists abducted Chibokgirls on way home

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

A ceasefire reportedly agreed by the Nigerian government and the extremist Boko Haram sect, stirred anxiety across the country Friday amid hopes it would help restore peace to conflict-torn communities overrun by the sect in bloody raids.

At a meeting with Cameroonian military officials in Abuja, the Nigerian Defence Chief, Alex Badeh, an Air Chief Marshal, announced that his field commanders had been directed to comply with the truce immediately.

“I wish to inform this audience that a ceasefire agreement has been concluded,” Mr. Badeh said.

In a separate statement, the Coordinator, National Information Centre and head of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri, said the government had been in contact with Boko Haram regarding the uprising in the northeast and the kidnapping of the schoolgirls.

He said the group had indicated interest in peace and that the federal government merely followed suit.

“From the discussions, they indicated their desire for and willingness to discuss and resolve all associated issues.

“They also assured that the school girls and all other people in their captivity are all alive and well.

“Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in similar vein, declared a ceasefire,” he said.

The deal with Boko Haram will also see the release of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the group more than six months ago, the government confirmed.

But as Nigerians welcomed the truce, some Nigerians expressed doubt the deal, which followed several failed attempts, would be successful.

Civil rights leader, Shehu Sani, and journalist, Ahmad Salkida, both involved in past negotiations between the government and Boko Haram, expressed doubts the new ceasefire is real.

“All my attempts to confirm the ceasefire deal did not produce any result. My sources are telling me that they don’t know who that person is,” Mr. Sani told PREMIUM TIMES.

He said for Boko Haram to reach any ceasefire, such information must come from the leader of the group.

“The leader is the only person they respect and listen to,” he said, apparently referring to Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric leader of the group the Nigerian military says it killed.

“Any statement that is not coming from the leader of the group cannot be said to be credible and will not be complied with by the group members,” Mr. Sani said.

Besides the doubts, the announcement came a day after the opposition All Progressives Congress accused President Goodluck Jonathan of planning to draw maximum political advantage from the Chibok abductions.

The party said there were indications the government was deliberately prolonging the captivity of the Chibok girls to allow their eventual rescue stimulate a forceful political gain for a president expected to declare his intention to seek a fresh term soon.

Analysts have suggested the president might announce his plan to contest in 2015 on after an Abuja rally Saturday by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, a group campaigning for his return next year.

The group has held rallies across the six geo-political zones of the country, and is to hold the grand finale in Abuja Saturday.

“It is cruel and unconscionable for anyone to use these girls as pawns on a political chess board. They have now been in captivity for over six full months. Please end the agony of the girls’ parents and indeed of all Nigerians,” the APC warned.

The party said the body language of President Jonathan points to the fact that the he consciously manipulated the abduction of the girls for maximum political advantage.

“It is clear that President Jonathan has suddenly shown more interest in their release after his consensus nomination as PDP candidate for next year’s elections. Our appeal, therefore, is for the President to allow the immediate release of the girls, rather than wait for when it will give maximum boost to his political fortunes,” it said.

Before publicly agreeing to talks with Boko Haram, the Nigerian government for years rebuffed suggestions it should hold negotiations with the sect.

The government came under intense pressure to negotiate after the abduction of hundreds of girls from Chibok, a remote community in Borno State.

Still, President Jonathan said there would be no dialogue with a group without a clear identity and leadership, and rejected a purported offer from Boko Haram to trade the abducted girls with imprisoned Boko Haram fighters.

But while the president maintained that position publicly, PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the authorities where desperately pushing for a swap deal with Boko Haram, in secret.

On September 25, PREMIUM TIMES reported how the government, in the last minute, bungled a secret deal brokered by the Red Cross to have the girls exchanged for detained militants.

The talks, which followed 30 days of intense and often dramatic negotiations, involved a former Minister of Information, Edwin Clark, two notable Nigerian civil rights leaders, Fred Eno, and Mr. Sani, as well as Maiduguri-based lawyer, Mustapha Zanna, and PDP chieftain, Kaka Bolori.

The mediators were three top officials of the International Red Cross headquarters office in Geneva which served as the “interface” negotiators. There were two field commanders of the Boko Haram sect.

“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 at the time.

The sources said the deal failed after the government mismanaged what was to be a discreet swap arrangement by chartering a Boeing 737 jet to convey the girls to Abuja from Yola, and deploying security forces to the airport.


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  • the truth

    leave politics aside. all we want is the safe return of those girls.

    • Troublesome

      Why does it take the president this long to negotiate for the release of the girls? He earlier said he cannot negotiate with faceless people. Now, I believe the faceless now has face to show for negotiation. All-in-all, he should release the girls now since he is declaring tomorrow. We know the game plan!

      • bib

        You mean the govt negotiated with iitself nde ?

      • the truth

        the time is not the issue here. as long as the girls are returned. please leave political undertone to this. If those girls were your relatives you would not say all this. Whether the government took 2 years to negotiate, is superficial at this juncture. I just see the smile on the parents faces. my brother if you have children you would understand how it feels not to see them for one day, not to talk of 6 months. or would you have wanted this girls to be released in 2017. its better late than never sir. stay blessed.

    • tundemash

      Clown, the truth, you are on the defensive. Only an imbecile like yourself would not know Dumbo Jo is the one behind Boko Harama and he only negotiated with himself. Have u bothered to ask yourself, why was it when Davis bursted Sherrif and Ihejirika that the Nigerian army started having upper hand ? Sorry I forgot you lack the thinking ability ! MORON
      Dumbo would be the first ex. Nigerian President to be executed for crime against humanity !

  • Chris1408

    Niger Delta and Boko Haram, Nigeria sits on a time bomb because these criminals deserve to be in jail.

  • Bigtin

    Premium Times …..no controversy anywhere, just report the news! Don’t stare or cook up unnecessary controversy. My prayer as a parent is the safe return of our daughters today after which you can now start reporting all the controversy your medium can gather

  • Kasarawa

    Rescuing the Chibok girls and finding a lasting solution to the BH crisis is what every right thinking Nigerian has been hoping and praying for, but people should be cautious and not jump into conclusion about this new development. This Govt has lied to us several times in order to gain political points. They once claimed that they have rescued Chibok girls. It later turned out to be a big fat lie. Then they claimed they killed BH leader, who later resurfaced again with more vicious forces. Why should we believe them this time around?

  • Wähala

    Jonathan is a deceitful, manipulative and evil cum egocentric man heartless usurping a vile & heinous crime for political dividends. For six months he allowed the girls to live “Big Sister Africa” life in the jungles of Sambisa without deference to the plight of their parents. What manner of man will do such considering he’s a father… if truly na im born those obese kids in Aso Villa? The flurry of activities now after six dormant months despite actionable information reaching him reeks of politics which is sad given that some parents have died waiting for their loved ones. I’ve never hated a human being more than this clown from the creeks. I deciphered his mean streak and called him, “a humble crook” from the get-go. With the arrested Tuaregs in Bayelsa Guest House in Lagos, to the arrest of a Dr. from Bayelsa State treating wounded insurgents… to the foiled arms deal in South Africa involving Dumbo’s goons; toss-in Modu Sheriff and Ihejirika, the dots connect perfectly that Dumbo ati PDP gangsters orchestrated the Boko Haram insurgency in what I described as, “Anarchy Agenda” long before Murtala Nyako wrote about it in his infamous letter that cost him cost his job! For now though, it is of paramount priority that the girls are released at all costs… the politics behind their ordeal is beef for another day. I full ground, like Aunty Ngozi said: “I dey kampe” !!!

    • King Carlos

      hmmmmmmmn…. talk dey your talk o. Let’s just await their further antics. I trust Jonathan and his handlers to bring out conflicting statements which might eventually expose their secrets.

  • Wähala

    Jonathan is a deceitful, manipulative and evil cum egocentric man heartless usurping a vile & heinous crime for political dividends. For six months he allowed the girls to live “Big Sister Africa” life in the jungles of Sambisa without deference to the plight of their parents. What manner of man will do such considering he’s a father… if truly na im born those obese kids in Aso Villa? The flurry of activities now after six dormant months despite actionable information reaching him reeks of politics which is sad given that some parents have died waiting for their loved ones. I’ve never hated a human being more than this clown from the creeks. I deciphered his mean streak and called him, “a humble crook” from the get-go. With the arrest of Tuaregs in Bayelsa Guest House in Lagos, to the arrest of a Dr. from Bayelsa State treating wounded insurgents… to the foiled arms deal in South Africa involving Dumbo’s goons; toss-in Modu Sheriff and Ihejirika, the dots connect perfectly that Dumbo ati PDP gangsters orchestrated the Boko Haram insurgency in what I described as, “Anarchy Agenda” long before Murtala Nyako wrote about it in his infamous letter that cost him cost his job! For now though, it is of paramount priority that the girls are released at all costs… the politics behind their ordeal is beef for another day. I full ground, like Aunty Ngozi said: “I dey kampe”…waiting for Dumbo to try to capitalize on his wickedness!

    ps…
    This time around, let’s hope he doesn’t berth a navy ship at Lake Chad to ferry the girls home…

    • krakra

      May you forever be treated the way you treat Jonathan. Let’s agree that the terrorists actually wanted to end the crisis and release the girls but Jonathan refused. Why didn’t they just release them and let Gej complain for all to see?

      • Wähala

        Aren’t you a natural phool for expecting terrorists to want to end a crisis they didn’t initiate? The illegal murder of their leader, Jussuf triggered the insurgency that spiraled out of control because your vile GEJ exploited it for political capital by blaming obscure Northerners being against an Ijaw man as President. Ahmad Salkida, Dr. Davis from Australia, Edwin Clark & Red Cross, all negotiated swap deals that could have set the girls free long ago yet, your very wicked Ijaw psychopath refused because he wants to time it for maximum political dividend. Who bombed Nigeria on Independence Day…why has Charles Okah not been tried while his brother has almost completed his jail term for the same crime? The unprecedented corruption under the ugly gorilla you worship nko? Dumbo is evil, “OBJinx” is how I describe him… May your ogogoro-damaged life be run the way he has run Nigeria. May the blood of innocent Nigerians lost because Jonathan refused to live up to the oath of office he swore, and of those murdered by the Boko Haram he sponsors… be on your head and forever hunt your generations to come, Amen! ABORIGINE BAZTARD. May Amadioha roast you like Kentuck Fried Chicken…!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Your prayer will cut no ice until Wahala starts to behave like GEJ.

        In the unlikelyhood of that, pray for something more tangible.

  • Ahmad

    So this man at last agreed to negotiate with spirits. 2015 wonders never end!

  • Guguru

    Please, teach me how to talk to ghosts. Jonathan negotiated with ghosts. I want to learn the same skill.

    • Ahmad

      Meet Dr Doyin Okupe, Mike Omeri, Reuben Abati and Labarun Maku. You will graduate with a degree in Zoology.

      • Guguru

        LOL!

  • oju elegba

    Of course, there is notting like Islamic Boko haram apart from political boko haram created by GEJ admnistration in order for GEJ to gain political atmosphere for his 2015 re election. What an accurate timing for the ceace fire! Time shall tell

    • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

      … In Islam, hiding the intention to expand Islamic territory is a virtue. When Muhammad didn’t have enough soldiers,
      he agreed to be peaceful with Mecca (Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya), but after he gained more followers,
      he sneaked-up on Mecca and took it during Ramadan (a pre-Islamic pagan fasting month).
      Following the example of Muhammad, Muslims (even today) advocate and follow
      Quranic and Hadithic verses that speaks of making peace with infidels when Muslims are the minority in a society.
      Examples of such verses are: Surah 2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

      … The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah, the
      lands over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered; in comparison
      to the Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl. …

  • Mosaku 147

    afefe ti fe,furo adiye ti han si ta. so all along it was PDP that kidnapped and have been holding this girls. I thought this man was only clueless, never knew he was this wicked. May God allow what he has made the parents of this kids pass through to befall him. Sebi Alams don get some feelings of how God dey pay wicked people, na him turn next.

    • krakra

      May God treat you the way you treat Jonathan. May you be accused and punished for what you know nothing of. If Gej did not need Boko Haram in 2011 to win, how will he need them now? Can I sponsor you to eat feaces?

      • Mosaku 147

        If I do the wicked things Jonathan has done and continues to do to Nigerians, if I steal from the people, if I have caused more deaths instead of negotiating on time to save lives then I say Amen to your prayers.but if not, I pray God to allow what happened to Alams to befall your entire household.

      • Wähala

        Satan. Hold the Bible and say Jonathan doesn’t know anything about the Boko Haram insurgency and see what happens to you within 7days… swear before your Aborigine Oracle of Otuoke that Dumbo is not a murderer! May the blood of all the people he has directly or indirectly killed be on your head and, May their Souls hunt you until generations forever… vouch for him with, ‘Amen’ !!!

        • Leslie

          Don’t mind the goat.You know,, something even tells me that apart from GEJ’s upcoming declaration,boko haram has run out of arms.Now that brings back the NSA/Oritsejafor deal for us to decipher.Who and for what purpose were the arms being purchased.We all know the NSA has no business buying arms for the military.Hmm!

          • Guguru

            Great questions. That $15 million seized, in my view was either to pay Boko Haram through the backdoor (Money laundering) or help them acquire more arms (Illegal arms purchase).

          • Leslie

            And another $1billion has been approved by those remote controlled legislators.Now that the insurgency is coming to an end,what will that cash be used for.hmm! Perfect timing Jonathan, perfect timing.

          • Guguru

            Great questions

          • Wähala

            The money was seized as “proceeds of illegal transactions”…meaning the transactions were worth more. Nigerian Govt. claiming ownership is admittance of guilt in illegal transactions… Dumbo is evil.

          • Guguru

            Well said.

          • Wähala

            Not only arms, Sheriff and Ihejirika were busted; those ND people you listed are evil men. NSA was only asked to issue end-user certificate after five days Asari et al, had been busted in SA… Dumbo is “Jomobgomo” according to Henry Okah, a ruthless psychopath who bombed Nigeria for sympathy votes in 2011, a blood-thirsty baztard who went partying from crime scene of bloody Nyanya Park bombing… the man is Satan personified that’s why he always wears black, the symbol of darkness. God will no doubt expose and disgrace him for killing innocent Nigerians… I hate Dumbo, wallahi!

  • Okodoro

    It is an understatement to say that President Jonathan is clueless; our president is cunning and confused, why is he interfacing with the Boko Haram sect at this time of our national life? He missed it! He was satanically miffed that he almost slapped Borno Elders, the last only time he visited that place about two years ago, saying how do we dialogue with people that are invisible. When did they come visible? Is it not true that they have talking to BH members before now?

    Are the confessions of Mr. Davis not real and exposing? Is not true that this government knows the whereabout of the Chibok Girls and activities of the sect in the north East? Would you be surprised if Chibok are released anytime soon?

    President Jonathan has played too far on our corporate intelligence, let us show him the way out in 2015.

  • ogechi

    The worst of BU Is far beta than the best of JOE!!!,…this pipu v took us for a ride for too long,its high time we rode them down

    • Wähala

      What the fcuk are you saying? Thematic issue is, #BringBackOurGirls! You must have punched the wrong keys. Biko, get someone to express your views in conventional English… this is not a forum for “Riddles & Jokes”

  • sammyctu ode

    How can such high profile news comes from Chief of Defence Staff? Are we in a military government? This is the sort of news that MUST come from the mouth of jonathan and not from any military bimbos. When Osama bin laden was killed, President Obama announced it to the whole world, he did not delegate it to anybody and the USA Military is wise not to say anything because their powers comes from the civilian authority. This is another cock-n-bull story from a criminal president with a criminal party that wants to constantly deceive Nigerians. If jonathan knows and has the intelligence that his government will soon reach a deal with BH, why go borrow $1 Billion to prosecute the war with them despite the fact that we are expected to pay N45 Billion in interest on the loan, why did the evil senators approve the loan for him. To me, if this so called deal is a ruse and fake one, then this is the beginning of the end of this cruel & evil government of jonathan. When God wants to perform his miracle and unchain HIS people, HE always have a way to do it.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Sammy, good observation.

      GEJ is a government that believes so much in smoke and mirrors.

      The only problem is that it does not know and when not to use it.

    • Olu

      I was thinking the same thing. So what is the billion dollar loan for?

  • Guguru

    Every one has spoken well. My only issue here is how did Jonathan manage to speak with ghosts (Boko Haram)? How and when did he realize that a government can speak to ghosts (Boko Haram)? I am so jealous of Jonathan and his ghostly communications skills. I want to be trained in the science of speaking to ghosts, particularly if the ghosts can help me out with one or two life’s desires such as acquiring a BMW or winning an election like the 2015 elections. By the way, do we no longer refer to people who speak to ghosts as lunatics? Why are we then okay with allowing a President who can speak to ghosts to remain in office? As a Zoologist, I bet Jonathan understands the anatomy of ghosts. This is why he is probably best suited to evaluate their auditory activities which allowws him to communicate effectively with ghosts. It took Jonathan since 2012 and 2013 to finally learn how to communicate with ghosts. Nigeria should be grateful having a lunatic who claims they can speak with ghosts.

    • Buhari is an Islamist

      Because the Islamist ghost has been dealt with spiritually and now chose to appear in person. We now know those behind the Masquerade(Muslims and sharia advocates).

      • Guguru

        I think you are wrong.

  • Buhari is an Islamist

    What are Northern Muslims doing to rescue the Chibok girls who are paying a deadly price for Sharia?

  • Easyblaze

    Chibok girls will be released by the special grace of God

  • ICC Hague

    Late Azazi, Nyako, Davis are now vindicated PDP is BokoHaram and BokoHaram Is PDP. Since when the arm supply routh of BokoHaram was exposed by God through the cash-for-arm Scandal, the escalation of violence has slowdown. One continue to ponder why Nigeria with 100,000 military strenght can be defeated by by a rag tag militia and seized a swath of territory within one week killing thousands of people making thousands refugee in their own country. It is now glaring GEJ and his PDP mastermind and orchestrated the crises for political gains. The held the chipok girls for six month in captivity and now close to election they asked their boys to stop the violence and release the girls just for cheap political gains. we have seen that close to the adamawa postpond governorship election Madagali, Michika, Bazza, Gulak was taken over by the military in one day. The question is why allowed bokoHaram to hold the territory for over one month? Nigerians are wise GEJ and his bunch of criminals cannot play with our collective intelligence. You cannot use blood of people for politics and you expect us to vote for you again.

    you must also explain to us now how did you manage to negotiate with ghost now, since you said you cannot negotiate with ghost. In this regard we are taking the following people for prosecution at ICC. GEJ blood for politics, Modu sherif blood for money and politicts, Ihejirica blood for money, Dokubo blood for money and Oritsejafor blood for money and politicts.

  • This sudden ceasefire and the proposed release of the kidnapped Chibok girls is a bit suspicious.

  • tundemash

    Dumbo Jo is Boko Haram. Boko Haram is Dumbo Jo. We are waiting for him to announce his intention to contest, then he would know he’s gone toooo faaar ! And obese Asari better prepares for war ! Dumbo Jo would be hanged in the streets. After killing over 20,000 Nigerians, he’s declaring cease-fire with himself. B@astard !

    • israel amulum

      You will do nothing.just blowing hot air

  • GoodCitizen

    This is may be a set up. Terrorists don’t agree to ceasefire. This lull period may be to regroup and re strategize since they have started suffering heavy casualties. Shekau is dead so is the moral gone down. Hence they now want a ceasefire. Government should tread softly because an hitherto unknown element calling himself a secretary of boko haram may just be a fake identity.

  • Okey

    If this man, Shehu Sani, was correctly quoted here by Premium Times thus – “Any statement that is not coming from the leader of the group cannot be said to be credible and will not be complied with by the group members,” – the this man should be watched by Nigeria. For his statements portrays him as one of the decision makers of Boko Haram and one who would prefer a prolongation of the insurgency for reasons best known to inner circles like him.

  • Comfortkay

    It is a big mistake to even seat down with this terrorist and come up with ceasefire, The Abu Sayyaf and the New Peoples Army play the same game with the Philippines government and the story will not be different here in Nigeria.
    Am worried with this ceasefire, normally the Nigeria government should have all the abducted girls (in case that they are released ) goes through Medical Checkup at the expense of the Federal Government but the report said that they are on their way home .
    Our President has some many unanswered questions Have they purchased weapons with the One Billion Dollars that they want to borrow? Why did the Defence Chief announced the ceasefire because if the President is busy we have a Vice President in this country, What is the role of Malam Shehu Sani Salkidain the ceasefire and how much is he been paid. Is this part of PDP plan to win 2015 election?