Abuja - Attempts by President Muhammadu Buhari to secure the release of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls may have reached a dead end, reports Thisday.
Two recent attempts in recent weeks by the federal government for prisoners swap with the so called representatives of the Boko Haram group have not been successful.
The federal government had through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in conjunction with the Directorate of the State Service (DSS), have in the last two weeks reached back channels agreements with some of the leadership of the sect on the venue, date and other logistics necessary to facilitate the swap of identified Boko Haram prisoners from specific prisons for the Chibok girls.
But each time security officials arrive at the designated locations with Boko Haram prisoners for the swap, Boko Haram representatives fail to show up as they are required to produce at least 50 verifiable Chibok girls for the first wave of the swap.
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The failure of the representatives of the terror group to show up has always forced federal government to return the Boko Haram prisoners to their prison cells.
Boko Haram’s inability to deliver the girls may have also informed Buhari's decision to involve a third party in swap deal.
Buhari according to News 24 had two days ago asked the sect to nominate an internationally recognised non-governmental organisation (NGO) that would negotiate on its behalf for the release of the girls.
The President, who spoke to the newsmen at the sidelines of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) said: “If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised non-governmental organisation, convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.”
"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.
- News 24