Boko Haram sect.Delegates of the Nigerian government are in a meeting with representatives of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, to negotiate the freedom of the Chibok girls.

Highlights:

  • Meeting is holding in Chad
  • Nigerian government hopes to secure release of the girls
  • Girls were abducted on April 14
  • There have been protests in different countries with a #BringBackOurGirls slogan
  • Voice of America (VOA) reports that the Principal Private Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ambassador Hassan Tukur and other delegates are in the meeting
  • Boko Haram representative says there is possible ceasefire deal

Details

The Nigerian government-Boko Haram meeting is holding on Friday in N’Djamena the capital of Chad. It is coming six months after the over 200 girls were abducted from their school dormitory in Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State by members of the terrorist group.

The terrorist group had said it would release the girls in exchange for members held at different detention camps across Nigeria, a major request that the sect would be presenting to the government at the meeting.

After the girls were abducted on April 14, protests were held in different parts of the world, with a #BringBackOurGirls slogan that went viral on social media, the latest being a protest held in New York led by an American artiste, Alicia Keys.

Few weeks after their abduction, a group has consistently held protest at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, pushing for more efforts in operations aimed at rescuing the girls.

Possible ceasefire deal

In a report, Voice of America (VOA) said the Principal Private Secretary to President Goodluck Jonathan, Ambassador Hassan Tukur, Idris Debbie of Chad and some high ranking Cameroonian government officials were at the meeting.

Tukur confirmed the meeting to a VOA stringer.

A Boko Haram representative, Danladi Ahmadu, also confirmed the meeting.

Danladi Ahmadu also spoke of a possible ceasefire deal, location and health condition of the girls, those they want to swap with the girls, where Shekau is and more.

The Nigerian government has consistently promised to rescue the girls since they were abducted, but the military says the rescue has been hampered by the need to ensure that there will not be casulties on the side of the girls.

 

NP/Today

 

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