Nigerian Senator insists Chibok girls are “alive”, explains how to rescue them

The missing Chibok schoolgirls held captive by Boko Haram

The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has assured that the missing Chibok girls will be found, but counseled that the Federal Government must negotiate with some persons to “extract” the girls from their current danger.

He also said that current events in the country had revealed that the reign of bloodshed by Boko Haram in the last seven years was sustained by the greed of a few who profited from the situation.

Mr. Sani spoke in Akure on Wednesday as a discussant at a symposium held as part of the 40thAnniversary of Ondo State and the seventh anniversary of the Olusegun Mimiko-led administration.

“Something that has bothered some of us here in line with the insurgency is, when will the Chibok girls be freed,” he asked.

“Someone said the Chibok girls will never be free, but I can tell you that they will be free and they are alive.”

Mr. Sani had in the past been named as a contact person through which the Nigerian government sought to negotiate with Boko Haram.

A civil society leader at the time, Mr. Sani later accused the former Goodluck Jonathan government of not showing sufficient commitment to the proposed talks.

Speaking in Akure, the lawmaker noted that besides the use of force, the government must explore other ways of rescuing the girls.

“There are two ways to get them: the first is to use force to free them and before you apply force, you have to know where they are. You also have to weigh the consequences of raiding the camp with such number of persons, because the insurgents have nothing to lose,” he said.

“The second option is to explore ways of extracting them out through negotiation and negotiation is still possible.

“There are a few people, not a panel of eminent Nigerians or a panel, there are a few people who the government needs to reach out to,” he said.

Mr. Sani also explained that the girls could be rescued in the first instance, because the parties could not make concession.

“They said they were going to free the girls on the condition we freed their people. And when we came to the negotiating table, and the government said it cannot free the terrorists because they have done a lot of harm,” he recalled.

The senator also said that Boko Haram is a terrorist group with a leadership and a theocratic agenda.

“For those who have been following events in the last six to seven years, we have seen how some of us from the north, particularly myself, I tried to find an alternative means of addressing the problem of the insurgency,” he said.

“I took the risk of reaching out to the insurgents and initiating a process of dialogue, about three to four times and it was sabotaged by those who were benefitting from the bloodshed and I think the unfolding events in the country clearly shows to all Nigerians that there were people who see that seven years of bloodshed, of mass murder, of genocide as an opportunity for them to amass wealth.

“It is not possible to say that an insurgent group or people not more than two to three thousand have proved so difficult for a nation of 175 million people to crush.

“A nation like ours with a reputable armed forces and have performed creditably well in peace keeping missions in Liberia and sierra Leone and Congo and other countries of the world.

“It was so clear that some see it as an opportunity, like the Chinese saying, some people see crisis as a struggle, others see it as an opportunity.

“That is why it dragged on for so long, but I hope with the present administration, at least progress has been made in terms of degrading the capacity and ability of Boko Haram to take up territories.”

Mr. Sani further explained that the initial strategy of the insurgents was to send terrorists to bomb targets, but they metamorphosed into an ISIS group, taking over territories and imposing their Islamic rule, but now have been forced to return to hitting soft targets.


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  • duwdu

    Is this funny Senator not a part of this government? Why is he not reaching out directly to the executive since the inception of the administration about nine months ago, instead of him always blabbing to the press? Or is he, in fact, a part of the problem of this insrgency? Haba!


  • Prophet

    We need to look at this our friend carefully and explore all possibilities (including how he is getting his information).

    • River Jordan

      You are talking like a typical Nigerian Police officer who mostly turn round to accuse good citizens of committing the crime for which they have patriotically volunteered information to assist the police in resolving the case.

      • Prophet

        Surveillance is a proven law enforcement tool that we do not need to justify to you or anybody else.
        Let us see you try to apply you logic about patriotism to this SENATOR who is part of the Government.

  • BobSolo

    This Senator Sani is a fraud….A seating Senator who has information about the Chibok girls cannot tell our various military intelligent agencies about over 200 girls missing for over a year now until they give him money to negotiate …what a shame…no wonder a goat like that is presenting transistor radios to his senatorial district in this modern age of technology..rather than educating them…He should be arrested as a Boko Haram sponsor

    • The facts

      He didn’t say he has information he said they are alive and they will be free. Besides, he explained how the government can go about it. He also explained why previous negotiations failed. Try to read the report and stop reacting to headlines.

  • wode

    In a bid not to be distracted with the messenger, I think the message should be the focus. There are things that are factual which, I think, the current Government has to work on if in deed it’s sincerely committed to rescuing the girls.

    One, this man has been consistent about his acclaimed genuine contact with the BH insurgent.
    Two, he is making categorical statement as to the status of the Chibok’s girls being alive.

    Now that there is a change in Government and the same man, who is a serving senator and a member of the governing party, is re-emphasizing that these girls are still alive and suggesting the way forward to getting them back, I think it’s time the Government considered exploring the opportunity so as to alleviate the anguish the parents of these girls have unfortunately found themselves for almost 2 years now. There is also an urgent need to see to the end of this senseless and most unfortunate bloodletting in the country. it’s only those that are directly affected that would know how it really feels to lose loved ones.

    • chukwu michael

      He knows because he is one of the insurgents in the Government. It takes a thief to catch a thief. After negotiating with them, he should be negotiated. He is a remote or near beneficiary of this crisis. Loud mouthed Terrorist. He can not deceive us.

    • Emmanuel Maluba

      Never bet on Sani! He is one of the best opportunists ever seen in Nigeria! Do you think in almost two years, given the penchant of those criminals to rape anything in skirt, they would still be keeping those girls somewhere, feeding them and not touching them? I dont think so. They would have raped, re-raped and over-rape those innocent souls.
      Sani wanted to appear to GEJ as a good guy. He didnt get the attention. He is trying to do the same to PMB now. People who know Sani well will tell you to shine your eyes when discussing with him.

  • The wicked biafrans misled Jonathan with a juvenile mind to punish the poor Chibok girls. Wicked people.

    • Malchine

      Like ex-NSA Dasuki.

    • FormerNigerian

      Biafra will give you stroke and heart attack in Jesus’ name. Scum.

  • Malchine

    Is it not surprising hat none of the Nigerian mega “prophets” who even see those who will win elections and other issues cannot yet see where these girls are hidden for all this time? Or their God is not interested in the girls as most Nigerians are? But of Senator Sani, let his brother Mr.President invite him for lunch time discussion. After all it is their glory to rescue the girls.

  • Man_Enough

    This is the devil’s alternative. But the girls who do not know why they are being incarcerated should be giving higher consideration. They have suffered enough.

  • Rommel

    Greedy animals that were feeding fat on the blood of innocent people

  • Paul Young

    April this year will make it 48 months since those girls have been missing. In most cases of murder or kidnap if action is not taken immediately within 48 hours it becomes significantly harder to solve. The truth is it will be very hard to find all the girls. The best option we have sadly is to actually negotiate with boko haram, release some of their prisoners and get the girls back. Its the only logical thing as horrible as it sounds.