We don’t negotiate with terrorist- we destroy them – Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.
Multiple world leaders before and after him have quoted same.
Well, our Nigerian presidency negotiated with Boko Haram- Remember Chibok girls?
In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari declared in a televised speech that he is ready to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls, a decision that ended well – for a while.
That set the ball in motion to bring together local and international intermediaries the terrorist would trust.
The core team that assisted the Nigerian Government in the rescue and negotiations include:
Hannah Mustapha – He has an NGO Future prowess. His foundation takes care of wives and orphans of Boko Haram leaders, children of armed soldiers and civilians caught in the conflict.
It was Mr Mustapha (also a lawyer) who succeeded in convincing the Nigerian authorities which particular group of Jihadist they could trust and negotiate with concerning the Chibok girls
Hajia Aisha Wakil– Also known as Mama Boko Haram, she was close to some members of the terrorist group when they were children and before they became terrorist. She has stopped them from bombing a church in Maiduguri, she continues to reason with them to lay down their arms peacefully.
International Red cross Africa – because they are an aid organisation that always stay neutral in conflicts. Across the world they facilitate prisoner swap, mediation, rescue missions and food aid.
The Switzerland government also negotiated on behalf of the Nigerian Government
May 5 2017- 82 Chibok girls released
They were released by Boko Haram to the Nigerian government. The presidency claimed it was through a prisoner swap, but multiple reports claim that millions of pounds were given to the terrorists.
One by one, the abducted schoolgirls, now women, lined up along the outskirts of a forest near Kumshe town, on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon. Each of them was covered from head to ankle in a dark-coloured hijab.
“I went ahead of the Red Cross. They [the militants] brought the girls to me,” said Mr Zannah Mustapha, the lawyer and philanthropist from Borno state
ICRC vehicles eventually arrived. “When I told them to go to the cars, they all ran,” Mr Mustapha said. “Immediately they entered the vehicles, they started singing for joy. Some shed tears.”
An emboldened Boko Haram Sect has added a new title – terrorist and professional kidnappers.
An oil exploration team was ambushed by Boko Haram in an attack that killed over 70 people including Army and militia that guarded the oil explorers.
Civilians working with the oil explorers from the University of Maiduguri and NNPC were also killed in the Cross fires
Police initially denied the kidnapping until Boko Haram released a video weeks later showing the women and oil workers pleading for their freedom and asking the presidency to intervene
After a series of Mediations – 13 hostages held captive for more than half a year were released.
The senate just confirmed that ransom money exchanged hands in order to release the victims
According to Senator Joshua Lidani (PDP, Gombe-South), Boko Haram terrorists has devised a means of abducting people so that they would negotiate with the federal government for ransom.
An example he gave was the recent abduction of Staff from the University of Maiduguri
Senator Lawan (APC, Yobe North) also spoke on the issue of kidnap for ransome. He said extraordinary measures need to be taken in order to protect the girls as Boko Haram now ”use them as a target to get funds”.
With Dapchi Girls the mission for Boko Haram was clear- Kidnap for a ransome fee
Residents of Dapchi, the Yobe community attacked on Monday, said the Boko Haram gunmen that invaded their community had no other mission than to abduct the female students of Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi.
PREMIUM TIMES reporter arrived Dapchi at noon on Thursday and met a quiet community, in the state of grief. Heavy security presence heralded the arrival of presidential delegation led by Lai Mohammed
Abdullahi Jimuna, a lanky fair skinned man who identified himself as a trader spoke to PREMIUM TIMES.
“On Monday at about 6.30 p.m., we were about to perform the evening prayer, then we saw about eight Hilux vans and a Tata truck coming into the town through the other direction”, “when they arrived their vehicles separated in two groups, taking different directions. Then suddenly they began to shoot sporadically. After a while, as everyone was fleeing, we heard the schoolgirl screaming, we saw some of them scaling the fence and taking to the bush. Then we saw some of them being conveyed in a truck taken away by the sect members.
“We were told on Wednesday night that they have been rescued somewhere near Geidam, but we later found out that it was all lies because the governor came here today and informed us that as far as he was concerned these kids were not even abducted and taken away, that they might have ran into the bush.
Dapchi girls – Negotiate a ransome or let the girls perish?
Today, Dapchi town is an untold story of tears and sadness as parents watch and pray for any news of their kids.
If the federal Government pays more ransome to Boko Haram insurgents in order to secure release of the Dapchi girls – the vicious cycle continues. The Boko Haram Insurgents would be equipped to get more training, more dangerous weaponry and emboldened to kidnap more girls.
Put yourself in the shoes of a Dapchi parent, if a ransom would set your child free; would you hesitate?