Monday, October 20, 2014

FG to negotiation release of Chibok girls with Boko Haram this week

Hassan Tukur

The Principal Secretary to the President, Ambassador Hassan Tukur, says negotiations with Boko Haram that involve Chad, Cameroun and Nigeria will continue this week to strengthen the ceasefire and secure the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

"The sect honoured its first promise to Cameroun which was also brokered by the president of Chad. This led to the release of the wife of the deputy prime minister of Cameroun and the Chinese nationals.

"Since it delivered on its promise to Cameroun, we expect Boko Haram to deliver on the release of the Chibok girls and the cessation of hostilities in North-eastern Nigeria," he said.

The Nigerian military and federal government had announced Friday that they were in talks with Boko Haram leading to the declaration of a ceasefire on both sides and possible release of the 219 Chibok schoolgirls still in the custody of the insurgents.

However, less than 24 hours after its declaration, Maikadiri village in Abadam Local Government Area of Borno State and Sina and Grata villages in Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa State, came under attack.

Tukur told THISDAY yesterday that even though he was not in a position to speak on what decision the federal government might take on the reported attacks, he explained that there are various cells within Boko Haram which might want to flout the directive of their leaders.

He said: "We have to verify where the attacks are coming from. As you know, it is difficult to have a ceasefire in an organisation that has many members and cells/units. So we have to verify what is happening on the ground.

"We have to examine the situation first and we cannot take any decision yet (in the eventuality of the attacks being true). So I don't want to comment on what government would do if the ceasefire is to be violated because I am not the government spokesperson."

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