FG seeks intervention in Chibok girls’ rescue
The Federal Government has thrown its doors open to third party intervention in the efforts to rescue the over 200 Chibok school girls who have been in Boko Haram captivity since April 14.
A statement issued on by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, urged intermediaries who have offered to persuade the sect to release the girls to come forward.
The statement quoted President Goodluck Jonathan to have given the indication while speaking in an interview with the Washington Times in the United States.
The President is presently attending the U.S- African Leaders Summit convened by U.S President Barack Obama.
Okupe said although government appreciates the support of the international community in the ongoing rescue efforts, it considered the safety of the girls as very paramount, hence the adoption of several methods in the operation.
The government reiterated its claim that it has information on the location of the kidnapped girls but was being mindful of the consequences of invading the location to avoid a repeat of what happened in February 2013 when an offshoot of Boko Haram killed seven foreign hostages in northern Nigeria before authorities could rescue them.
“If it is to risk a few dead bodies, it is easier. You can blast the place and carry the corpses. But is that what we have to do? So it is delicate”
“They (terrorists) are ready to die. So when you are dealing with that scenario, it is very different from the ordinary kidnapping by criminals or people who don’t want to die. So it is very, very delicate.
“This is why the dialogue option is not being ruled out. We have set up a committee; what I call a dialogue committee on the security challenge we have in the north, even before the kidnapping of the Chibok girls.
“We have a team. And we encourage people to assist them. We do negotiate. Quite a number of people have come with different information. We encourage them. But none of them has yielded any results yet,” the statement quoted the President as saying in U.S.
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