FG & Boko Haram Finalised Discussions For Release Of 80 More Chibok GirlsThe Federal Government of Nigeria and terrorist sect, Boko Haram have entered the final stage of negotiations for the release of more Chibok schoolgirls.
The Pulse reports that, the Presidency and security sources have disclosed this much to them.
276 schoolgirls were abducted from a Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, two years ago.
A fortnight ago, 21 of the girls were released following negotiations brokered by the Swiss Government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
“The Federal Government is in the final stages of negotiations to set free more of the girls. We are looking at getting more than 80 out of Boko Haram custody this time”, said one Presidency source who pleaded for anonymity for this story.
Asked when the next batch will be received by the government and people of Nigeria, the source said: “Soon…soon enough. Nigerians will have cause to celebrate soon enough”.
The Pulse further reported that, another security source revealed that,
“We aren’t ruling out a swap for the simple reason that Boko Haram is using these girls as bargaining chips. The girls are all they have now. If we bombard the place with drones to rescue the girls, Boko Haram will use them as human shields and we could lose some of the girls.
"We’ll probably be exchanging 14 Boko Haram commanders for 84 Chibok girls”, offered the top security source.
Another source within the Presidency, revealed that the Federal Government has stepped up efforts to have all the girls rescued before Christmas.
There is renewed confidence within the corridors of power that having established authentic communication channels with Boko Haram heads, all the girls will return home soon enough.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed had expressed confidence that more Chibok girls will soon regain their freedom after the first batch of 21 made their way out of Boko Haram custody.
“We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok girls in captivity. It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok girls,” Mohammed had said.
There have been reports that a swap deal between Boko Haram and the Federal Government was struck before the first batch of 21 made their way out of Sambisa forest.
Officially, the Federal Government has denied it entered into a swap arrangement with the insurgents. However, intelligence sources and back channels have maintained that there was indeed a swap.