Nigerian govt confirms negotiation with Boko Haram to free Chibok girls

FILE PHOTO: A screengrab taken on May 12, 2014, from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing. AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday reassured that the negotiations for the release of other Chibok girls in captivity were ongoing.

The minister disclosed this at the Air Force Base in Yola in a briefing to conclude a day and night rounds of search sortie of the missing girls to Sambisa.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Mohammed; the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Alli; the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, Obiageli Ezekwesili; as well as selected local and foreign journalists participated in the search mission.

Mr. Mohammed said that the success recorded by the military in the theatre of war was helping the negotiation because of the carrot and stick approach of government to ending insurgency.

He recalled that a meeting was recently held which was a near success and added that the government would not rest on its oars in ensuring a safe return of all the missing girls and others in captivity.

“The negotiations are still on, but unfortunately unlike the search operations, we cannot take you along to the negotiation table.

“I want to assure you that these negotiations are going on but they are very complicated and delicate and shift from time to time,” he said.

The minister commended the military for the victories recorded in various operations at decimating the insurgents particularly in Sambisa.

He noted that the capture of Camp Zairo in Sambisa, which is the headquarters and stronghold of the insurgents was very crucial to defeating the terrorists.

ezekwesili-bring-back-our-girlsThe minister stressed that the proportion of the camp to the size of the forest notwithstanding, ”the capture is a big victory for the military

“Camp Zairo might occupy probably one kilometre out of 60,000 kilometres expanse of Sambisa, but it is so crucial to us in this war.

“It is like imagining that there is a war and the Villa is captured. That is the essence of camp zairo.

“It is not the extent of physical expanse but that we struck at the very heart of insurgency and it does not mean the end of the campaign in Sambisa forest,’’ he said.

Mr. Mohammed commended the Air Force for their professionalism and for deployment of modern technology in their operations.

The minister also commended the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar for initiating the search mission.

He added that it served its objective of participating and better understanding of the efforts of the military in fighting insurgency.

Speaking on casualty figure of his men, Mr. Abubakar said they were very lucky in terms of suffering casualties on their air operations.

“First and foremost, the enemy does not have air assets and we take training very seriously.

“We do everything possible to ensure capacity development of our pilots and we make judicious use of the personnel that are on ground,” he said.

He thanked the minister, the BBOG delegation, the journalists and others that participated in the exercise.



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  • Abidilagungun

    Is it the same BH that has been flushed out of camp zero sambisa or a new one?

    • Otile

      That’s APC deceit for you, the apes in APC think that everybody is as gullible as their minions.

    • Julius

      Did you read the news/ story at all ?

  • CeeCee1818

    Do whatever it takes to free the girls and get them some serious counseling.

    • Otile

      Let them do the negotiation with honesty, if they try to meet their counterparts in Boko Haram with all manners of deceit they will come back empty handed. Imam Shekau is unlikely to buy their deceit.

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  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Apc Apc Apc, una no dey shame? How are you now negotiating with a group you have wiped out and defeated, where do they get the capacity and capabilities to still hold on to about 200 girls and still feed them, cloth them and service them.
    May God Almighty expose every evil conspiracy and conspirators of this chibok girls scam, may God visit all the conspirators with unending trauma, pain, sorrow and death as suffered by this daughters of Abraham whose rights were violated and their virginity defiled because of quest for earthly and mundane inordinate ambition.

  • Netanyahu

    Which boko haram are you negotiating with again. Where is their base? Where are they still keeping 200 girls and at least 500 combatants with their children, arms and ammunition, water supply and food stuff, medicines, doctors and nurses, tents, vehicles, fuel dumps, etc? I am beginning to believe people who doubted this chibok girls scam from day one. There were no chibok girls. The same reason the Americans left the search after a futile effort then. The north used it to regain power. It was all a scam. This lie cannot be stretched any further without repeating or forgetting earlier versions of the lies. Ka Chineke mezie okwu.

    • Julius

      Is there any outcome you will accept to be credible ? How long does it take America to nail Osama and the terrorist are still less measures. You doubt the girls were abducted in the first place ? So their mothers and fathers were lying also ? To be honest with you, I don’t blame you, its typical of you people to deny reality. You would have settled with the government if those girls came from your side. Get paid and forget about them.No be so ?

    • Sara Marie Brown

      Who ever said the remaining girls were in a huge camp with all the fighters, assistants, vehicles, etc etc you named? That is just a grand picture you or someone else created to make it all seem more unlikely. You could easily have groups of 12 girls at several smaller locations guarded by very few people. It is silly to say it was all a lie to gain power and defies logic. So Jonathan was part of the conspiracy to end his own power? The leader of Boko Haram was involved in the conspiracy also so a man who basically let them do what they wanted could be replaced by one who swore to destroy them? Why didn’t the new government quickly “find” and free all the girls to complete the conspiracy to prove Jonathan was inept and they finished the job he couldn’t do and look like heroes? There were hundreds of students in that school for years. If they were not taken then where are the hundreds of “real” students coming forward with their parents saying “Here we are”?

      There is absolutely no logic or rational to claim it is a “scam”. I believe because of Goodluck Jonathans cold uncaring indifference Boko Haram had complete freedom to move these girls as far and as often as they wished. They could be several countries away from Nigeria by now.