Negotiations Ongoing For The Release Of The Remaining Chibok Girls-FG

By Ikenga Chronicles January 18, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that negotiations are ongoing with Boko Haram, for the release of the 191 remaining Chibok Girls. Buhari stated this on Tuesday through the Information Minister, Lai Mohammad during a briefing following an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance operation to the Sambisa forest.

Recall that the trip to Sambisa Forest was recently organised by the Federal government for the leaders of the Bring Back Our Girls(BBOG) group to acquaint them with efforts by the military to find the Chibok girls and end the war on insurgency.

Speaking after the trip, Lai Mohammed said: “Negotiations for the release of the girls have never stopped. In a situation like this, we use carrot and stick approach.”

“Even the success of the military also helped fasttrack the process of the negotiation for those who were released.”

“The negotiation is complicated, delicate and changes from time to time, but we are still talking and we are near breakthrough.”

“This government has nothing to hide; that is why we have brought you here so you can have a first-hand experience. We want to let the world know what we have been doing not only to recover the girls but also to end the insurgency” Mohammed said.

But the leader of the BBOG and former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili, said though the group had learnt some lessons about the workings of the military, its demand remained.

“We have learnt that the Nigerian Air Force is working to generate the information that supports the Army to ensure security of the theatre of war.”

“By joining the NAF to do ISR day and night, we saw what it looks like to embark on a search for targets like the abducted Chibok girls. It also helps to frame the question we have been asking. We leave here to say the Federal Government should be able to say what strategic decision should be taken.”

“Negotiations led to the highest yield of 21 girls, four came back after the military raided their bases, that is they either escaped or were found after the raid.”

“It becomes a strategic question. We will hold the Federal Government accountable to a decision on what options work better for our girls and others.

“The information has empowered and enriched our demand. The Minister of Information has given the assurance that 80 girls would be part of a batch based on negotiation. We will keep asking for that” she said.

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