How Boko Haram leadership frustrated first swap deal on Chibok girls – FG

How Boko Haram leadership frustrated first swap deal on Chibok girls – FG
September 17 06:09 2016

The Federal Government has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari had actually made an attempt to swap detained terrorists in exchange of Chibok school girls under the captivity of Boko Haram.

According to the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, the President had agreed to swap Boko Haram elements with the girls as early as his first two months in office only for the sect’s leaders to make more difficult demands and eventually buckle the process.

The minister’s revelation is coming weeks after the sect reiterated the same condition in a video.

President Buhari had also said his administration was ready to negotiate with the sect and consider the swap deal.

The President has been under pressure from BringBackOurGirls campaigners and patients of the missing girls to fulfill his campaign promise of rescuing the girls.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the minister said: “Precisely on 17th July, 2015, the
DSS opened negotiations process
with the group holding the Chibok
girls.”

“However, in return for the
release of some of these girls, the
group also made some demands.
These included the release of
some of their fighters arrested
including some involved in major
terrorist actions, resulting in
several fatalities, and others who
were experts in manufacture of
locally assembled explosives.”

“This
was difficult to accept, but
appropriate security agencies had
to again inform Mr. President of
these demands, and its viewed
implications.

“Again Mr. President gave his
assent believing that the overall
release of these girls remains
paramount and sacrosanct.”

The minister regretted that even as President Buhari was prevailed upon to accept the group’s difficult demands, they reneged on their part of the agreement and the entire process ended in failure.

He however reiterated the
administration’s commitment to ensure the
kidnapped girls are freed.

“The government and its security agencies
remain committed to ensuring that the Chibok
girls are safely released in fulfillment of the
Presidential mandate,” he said.