14 April 2016
A former Boko Haram Negotiator and the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Sen. Shehu Sani has said the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno State two years ago by insurgents are alive. He said the recent video of the girls released by a Boko Haram source showed the veracity of their parents’ claims.
Speaking to the Cable News Network, CNN, yesterday, Senator Shehu Sani said negotiations with Boko Haram for the release of the girls remained frozen, given the military campaign against the insurgents. He cautioned the government on the terms of the negotiation to avoid the pitfalls which prevented the previous administration to secure the release of the girls.
The human right activist further stated that it is not difficult for the government to recognize the genuine Boko Haram negotiators.
“We should be very careful at this time. But, the fact that we can get such a very credible video from some sources; it shows that those sources are elements that need to be used to achieve the goal of getting these girls out…
“I believe Nigeria should take this opportunity. The last government fell into the hands of many scammers, but I believe with such a very credible video, there is hope that these girls are alive. And the sources that provided the video should be used to get the girls out.”
Senator Shehu Sani is one of the Northern Elites and political leaders who believe that negotiation with Boko Haram will not only end insurgency but also assist the government to bring back the Chibok Girls. In an interview with Aljazeera in December 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari said the government is ready to negotiate with Boko Haram to bring back the missing girls. He however explained that the possibility is based on if the government can find the genuine leaders of Boko Haram.