ICC Note: A northern Nigeria Senator says the Nigerian government may have to pay a high price to Boko Haram to secure the Chibok Girls’ release. In light of the progress that the Nigerian military is making against the Islamist insurgency, Kaduna Senator Shehu Sani says any negotiations for the Chibok girls may have to consider substantial payment to the captors and detainee release. Boko Haram abducted 276 young school girls from Chibok, Nigeria in April 2014, promising to sell them to fighters as sex slaves. 219 of them remain missing and the two-year anniversary of the abduction has reinvigorated hope that they might one day return home.
By Luka Binniyat
4/19/16 Kaduna, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) who once brokered a meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Boko Haram leadership in 2011, has said Nigeria may have to pay a “very high price” to secure the release of abducted Chibok girls, by releasing some captured Boko Haram members.
Sani, made the suggestion while fielding questions from newsmen in Kaduna after donating assorted materials, equipment and machines to Hospitals, Schools, Women and Youths Centres valued at N42 million to the seven Local Government Areas in his constituency.
He said: “It is very unfortunate that we could not get this out on time. They have spent two years in captivity now. The good thing now is that the government of Muhammadu Buhari has degraded the capacity of the insurgents to hold unto any territory or to carry out their usual big scales attacks. But we may have to pay a very high price to get these girls out now. It is possible to free them.