Boko Haram ‘set to re­turn Chi­bok girls, ready for peace’

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ABUJA — Boko Haram mil­i­tants are re­port­edly be­lieved to be ready for talks with the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment, a de­vel­op­ment that could lead to the free­dom of the kid­napped Chi­bok girls.

Ac­cord­ing to The Na­tion, Ha­jiya Aisha Wakil, a woman said to be close to the mil­i­tants, re­vealed that the group was ready for di­a­logue.

She said the group’s lead­er­ship could soon make a pro­nounce­ment on their plan for the girls.

“I think they might post some in­for­ma­tion on YouTube within 24 hours,” she was quoted as say­ing.

“…They have now agreed to come out and dis­cuss with the gov­ern­ment and bring back the girls. I am for the Chi­bok girls and all the cap­tives. They are ready for peace. This is what they told me,” Wakil was re­ported as say­ing.

At least 219 girls from Chi­bok were still miss­ing after they were ab­ducted in 2014, with Nige­rian Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari re­main­ing stead­fast in his po­si­tion on ne­go­ti­a­tions with the in­sur­gents.

A re­port by This Day in­di­cated that two re­cent at­tempts made on the part of the gov­ern­ment to swap the girls for Boko Haram pris­on­ers had both reached dead ends.

De­spite an ap­par­ent readi­ness to dis­cuss the re­lease of the cap­tured girls, Buhari how­ever, re­mained cau­tious, stat­ing that ne­go­ti­a­tions would only be en­tered into with those lead­ers di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for hold­ing the victims. —

While speak­ing on the side­lines of the Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on African De­vel­op­ment (TICAD VI) over the week­end, Buhari re­vealed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would be will­ing to con­duct talks with the help of in­ter­na­tional mediators, should the in­sur­gents not wish to deal with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials di­rectly.

“If they do it through the ‘mod­i­fied lead­er­ship’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised NGO, then Nige­ria will be pre­pared to dis­cuss for their re­lease,” he said. “We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can re­cover them and hand them over to their par­ents, the bet­ter for us.” — AFP

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