How to free ab­ducted stu­dents - Shehu Sani

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Chris­tiana T. Alabi & Dick­son S. Adama, Kaduna

To free the ab­ducted Chi­bok school girls, there is need to set up a panel of re­spected Is­lamic lead­ers, which should also com­prise fa­cil­i­ta­tors of the Dr. Datti Ahmed peace talks, selected in­sur­gents cur­rently in de­ten­tion and jour­nal­ists from Maiduguri, pres­i­dent of the Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria, Shehu Sani, has said.

Sani, in a state­ment, said the clear terms of ref­er­ence for the panel should be to open a chan­nel of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the in­sur­gents and se­cure re­lease of the girls.

“This is not the first time in­sur­gents are ab­duct­ing girls, but the na­tion sim­ply did not take ac­tion,” he said.

He said the use of force or the threat of use of force to free the girls can only lead to a tragic end as it would put the lives of the stu­dents in greater dan­ger.

“If the na­tion had taken se­ri­ous lessons from ear­lier bri­g­andage by the in­sur­gents, we would not have been talk­ing of the use of force to free our chil­dren. For over three years, the in­sur­gents have been burn­ing schools, killing teach­ers and ab­duct­ing chil­dren, why did our ou­trage wait for Chi­bok?” Sani said.

He added: “The chil­dren of Chi­bok are clearly hostages and any at­tempt to free them must be through a chan­nel that will not put their lives in fur­ther dan­ger. Any­where in the world where chil­dren are used as hu­man shields by gun­men, use of force have al­ways proven to be fa­tal.

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