Contrary to earlier stance of the Nigerian government, latest reports inform that it has begun talks with the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, to release more than 200 girls abducted six months ago.
According to a report published by the Voice of America today, Friday, 17 October, 2014, it was gathered that the Federal Government has started negotiating the militant group for them to stop the deadly insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives across Nigeria.
It was gathered that an adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan and a man calling himself the secretary-general of Boko Haram confirmed that discussions are under way in Saudi Arabia.
They explained that the current negotiation between the FG and the Boko Haram was aided by high level officials from Chad and Cameroon.
A member of the terrorist group in Saudi Arabia, who identified himself as Danladi Ahmadu, added that the abducted Chibok girls are “in good condition and unharmed.”
Ahmadu did not explain the conditions under which the girls would be freed.
However, he explained that Riyadh is not involved in the negotiations and there is no independent confirmation by Nigerian government.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents at a secondary school in the remote northeastern village of Chibok in Borno State on 14 April, 2014.
At least 57 of the abducted schoolgirls have been reported to have escaped from the Sambisa forest where they are believed to be kept.
The leader of the terrorist sect, Abubakar Shekau had since threatened to sell the remainder as slave brides, vowing they would not be released until his members captured by the Nigerian military are freed from jail.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan has been criticised both home and abroad for his slow response to the kidnapping and for the inability of Nigerian troops to quell the insurgency being perpetrated by the Boko Haram militants.
No fewer than 10, 000 people are believed to have been killed from terror attacks staged by the Boko Haram insurgents across Nigeria.