Hope as Shehu Sani releases statement on location of Chibok girls

By Amako Nneji February 25, 2016 14:33

Hope as Shehu Sani releases statement on location of Chibok girls

Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, has revealed how he negotiated with Boko Haram for the immediate release of the Chibok girls, but met a brick wall.

Sani pointed out that the recent happenings in the country have shown that the incessant killings by Boko Haram in the last seven years was sustained by the greed of a few who profited from the situation.

Speaking in Akure, as a guest at a symposium, held as part of the 40th Anniversary of Ondo State and the seventh anniversary of the Olusegun Mimiko-led administration, Senator Sani, maintained that Boko Haram has a theocratic agenda.

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“Something that has bothered some of us here in line with the insurgency is, when the Chibok girls will be freed,” he said.

“Someone said the Chibok girls will never be free, but I can tell you that they will be free and they are alive.”

Recall, that Sani was in the past named as a contact person through which the Nigerian government sought to negotiate with Boko Haram.

The lawmaker pointed out that besides the use of force, the government must embrace other available ways of rescuing the girls.

He added:

“There are two ways to get them: the first is to use force to free them and before you apply force, you have to know where they are.

“You also have to weigh the consequences of raiding the camp with such number of persons, because the insurgents have nothing to lose,” he said.

“The second option is to explore ways of extracting them out through negotiation and negotiation is still possible.

“There are a few people, not a panel of eminent Nigerians or a panel, there are a few people who the government needs to reach out to.”

He recalled:

“They said they were going to free the girls on the condition we freed their people. And when we came to the negotiating table and the government said it cannot free the terrorists, because they have done a lot of harm.”

“For those who have been following the events in the last six to seven years, we have seen how some of us from the north, particularly myself, I tried to find an alternative means of addressing the problem of the insurgency.”

“I took the risk of reaching out to the insurgents and initiating a process of dialogue, about three to four times and it was sabotaged by those who were benefiting from the bloodshed and I think the unfolding events in the country clearly shows to all Nigerians that there were people who see that seven years of bloodshed, of mass murder, of genocide, as an opportunity for them to amass wealth.

“It is not possible to say that an insurgent group of people not more than two to three thousand have proved so difficult for a nation of 175 million people to crush.

“A nation like ours with a reputable armed forces and have performed creditably well in peace keeping missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Congo and other countries of the world.

“It was so clear that some see it as an opportunity, like the Chinese saying, some people see crisis as a struggle, others see it as an opportunity.

“That is why it dragged on for so long, but I hope with the present administration, at least progress has been made in terms of degrading the capacity and ability of Boko Haram to take up territories.”

Sani further said that the initial strategy of the insurgents was to send terrorists to bomb targets, but they later had links with the ISIS group, taking over territories and imposing their Islamic rules

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