In a Cash-for-Girls Deal, Govt Celebrates Return of 21 Chibok Girls

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Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo receives 21 Chibok Girls from DG DSS. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE
  •  More girls to be released soon, says Osinbajo
  •   Abductee freed with baby
  •   Buhari, Saraki, Atiku, BBOG, others overjoyed

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The federal government, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group and Nigerians from all walks of life yesterday were in a celebratory mood, following the release of 21 girls who were kidnapped from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State more than two years ago in a cash-for-girls exchange deal.

Although the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed initial reports yesterday that the girls were released in a prisoner swap deal, reliable sources in the presidency informed THISDAY that the girls were released yesterday morning after an undisclosed amount of money was paid to the Boko Haram leaders.

When THISDAY confronted Mohammed with the information on the cash that was paid to secure the release of the girls, he also denied it, saying his information was coming from the “very top”.

The 21 girls, who emerged from captivity, were some of the 276 girls abducted by the terror sect on April 14, 2014 from their school dormitory, sparking global outrage and the demand for their release by world leaders including U.S. First Lady, Michele Obama.

Of the 276 girls kidnapped on that fateful night, 57 immediately escaped from captivity while 219 were held captive for two years, until one of the girls, Amina Ali Nkeli, escaped last May with her baby who was conceived and born in captivity and one of her abductors, whom she called her husband.

With the release of 21 girls thursday, 197 remain in captivity with a promise by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo thursday that more of the girls would be released in the next few days or months.

The president’s media aide, Garba Shehu, gave the names of the freed girls as: Mary Usman Bulama, Jummai John, Blessing Abana, Lugwa Sanda, Comfort Habila, Maryam Basheer, Comfort Amos, Glory Mainta, Saratu Emannuel, Deborah Ja’afaru and Rahab Ibrahim.

Others included Helen Musa, Maryamu Lawan, Rebecca Ibrahim, Asabe Goni, Deborah Andrawus, Agnes Gapani, Saratu Markus, Glory Dama, Pindah Nuhu and Rebecca Mallam‎.
One of the 21 girls, who all looked emaciated and grief-stricken in the photographs released by the State House, Abuka, had a baby clinging to her.

Osinbajo, who spoke with State House correspondents after he met with the girls at the Office of the Department of State Services (DSS), said Nigerians should congratulate themselves and thank God for the girls’ release.
He also confirmed the information minister’s assertion that the federal government did not swap the girls for detained members of Boko Haram.

He said: “We should congratulate ourselves and thank the almighty God for the release and subsequent return home of 21 of the Chibok girls who were taken hostage two years ago.
“It is exciting news for the whole country. Everyone is really excited and I believe that we should be very thankful to God.

“I also want to thank the military and all the security services, DSS, intelligence services across the county as well as our friends and partners, locally and internationally who have also helped in bringing to a happy end of the captivity of 21 of the Chibok girls.

“About an hour ago, I met with the 21 Chibok girls who have been brought back and they are in good health, considering the circumstances they have been held in, and they are now being well taken care of in the medical facility.
“They will be staying there for sometime until we are satisfied with their health. Their parents will be coming to join them hopefully by tomorrow.

“There will be therapy, there will be counselling. Of course, we can imagine what they have gone through. So we expect that a lot of psychological therapy and so much needs to be done to get them back in the right condition.”

On whether the girls were released through a swap for suspected members of Boko Haram in government custody, the vice-president said:‎ “There was no exchange of any kind. There was no swap of any kind.

“When we started negotiations, we said we would consider all options available to us. Absolutely, there was no exchange of any kind.”

When asked further if the government will agree to future swaps to secure the release of the remaining girls, he replied: “We must be sensitive to the fact that the government wants these girls back and alive.

“Again, we must balance it against the security and safety of the country. In the process of negotiations, we will look at all options and we will weigh the options carefully and decide on what to do.

“But what has happened and the process we have begun is one which has not involved any type of swap of Boko Haram commanders or any militant in any way.

“That is a very good turn of events. We believe that in the next few days and months, we will be bringing in more of these girls using exactly the same kind of negotiations and the same template that we used.”

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‘Red Cross Helped Convey Girls’

Providing clarity on the involvement of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which yesterday stated that it was not involved in negotiations for the release of the girls, Osinbajo said:‎ “The Swiss government worked with us in the process of negotiations, but the Red Cross was not involved in the negotiations.

“But in conveying the girls back, of course, we worked with the Red Cross because we were unable to take our own medical team. The Red Cross was not involved at all in the process of negotiations. It was the Swiss government and our own officials comprising the DSS, intelligence and the military that were involved.”

Cash Paid for Girls

However, despite the federal government’s insistence that there was no prisoner swap to secure the release of the girls, an authoritative presidency source informed THISDAY that the government was forced to part with cash to get the 21 girls out.
Although he did not disclose the amount involved, he said: “As you know, the federal government started negotiations for the release of the Chibok girls in July last year.

“However, there were two previous attempts to secure their release which failed because Boko Haram was factionalised.
“Despite this, the government did not give up and continued negotiations through its team led by the DSS, with the support of the Nigerian Army and Air Force.

“The team eventually got the green light recently and delivered the money to the representatives of Boko Haram, following which one of the Augusta Westland helicopters which was transferred by Mr. President early this week from the Presidential Air Fleet to the Nigerian Air Force, was sent to convey the girls early this morning from the Camerounian border.”

The presidency official stated that the handover of the aircraft from the Presidential Air Fleet to the Air Force on Monday had nothing to do with the release of the girls, insisting that it was “sheer coincidence”.

He said once the girls were handed over to the government team, they were verified in collaboration with the Red Cross and flown immediately to Kaduna, where they spent a few hours and underwent a brief medical assessment, before being flow to Abuja.

“The release is the first of many phases that the government has embarked upon. We are very optimistic that more girls will be released in the next few weeks or months,” he said.

rescued-chibok-girls-4‘A Commitment Fulfilled’

Reveling in the release of the 21 missing girls yesterday, the federal government attributed the feat to the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil the promise he made to Nigerians and the international community.
“We can confirm that 21 of the girls were released safely to us by 5.30 this Thursday morning and they were flown to Kaduna from the location of their release.

“This is the most glaring manifestation to date of the unwavering commitment of Mr. President to secure the safe release of the girls and reunite them with their families,” the information minister said yesterday during a press briefing in Abuja.

“It is also a result of the round-the-clock efforts by the administration to put a closure to the sad issue of the kidnap of the girls,” he added.

Explaining the secret deal that led to the release of the girls, the minister along with other senior government officials, confirmed that the effort was led by the DSS in collaboration with a “friendly European country and a renowned international humanitarian organisation” and supported by the military.
He said that as soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date and the location for the release of the 21 girls.

“It was a product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides. We see this as a credible first step in the eventual release of all the Chibok girls in captivity.
“It is also a major step in confidence-building between us as a government and the Boko Haram leadership on the issue of the Chibok girls.

“We want to thank all Nigerians for their support and for never losing confidence in the ability of Mr. President to secure the safe release of our Chibok girls,” Mohammed said.
Ahead of their arrival in Abuja thursday, the minister said the government had assembled a team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers and trauma experts to properly examine the girls, especially because they had been in captivity for so long.

“They will also be adequately debriefed. We have the list of the 21 girls but we are now contacting their parents as part of the necessary verification exercise,” he added.
Earlier while confirming the release of the 21 girls, the presidency in a statement by Garba Shehu, said their release was brokered by the Red Cross and Swiss Government.

However, the Red Cross has clarified that it was not involved in negotiations for the release of the girls but assisted in conveying them once they were released yesterday morning.
Shehu said the Director-General of DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura, briefed Buhari before he departed for his state visit to Germany.

The statement read: “The release of the girls, in a limited number, was the outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

“The negotiations will continue. The president welcomes the release of the girls but cautions Nigerians to be mindful of the fact that more than 30,000 fellow citizens were killed via terrorism.
“Malam Lawal Daura wants the girls to have some rest, with all of them very tired coming out of the process before he hands them over to the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
“The president takes off shortly on a trip to Germany for a state visit.”

Buhari, Saraki, Others Overjoyed

Speaking on the girls’ release before leaving for Germany, Buhari through his Twitter handle, said: “As I depart Abuja for Germany on an official visit, I welcome the release of 21 of our Chibok Girls, following successful negotiations.
“The Department of State Services (DSS) has briefed me on the matter, and will continue to provide updates.

“Cooperation on the security and humanitarian situation in the North-east will form a significant part of my discussions with Chancellor Merkel.”
In his reaction, Senate President Bukola Saraki commended the president, the Nigerian security services, the government of Switzerland and the international community for what he described as their combined efforts, which led to the release of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls.

Saraki, according to a statement by his media office, said his heart went out to the families whose daughters were still being held in captivity while his thoughts and prayers were also with the families of those who had returned.
He said the Senate would continue to support federal government’s efforts to secure the release of the Chibok girls, adding that their abduction had remained a dark spot in the country’s history.

“We join all Nigerians to rejoice on the return of our daughters. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those who have returned, and those girls who remain in the hands of the terrorists.
“It is our hope that the release of more of the girls is imminent and that our nation remains vigilant in the face of the continued crisis in North-east Nigeria,” he said.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, through a Twitter post, said he was incredibly happy at the news, adding: “A lesson, hope always wins. Prayers for the release of the remaining #ChibokGirls.”
The Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima also commended the president on his unrelenting commitment to secure the release of the girls.

He said: “If any Nigerian had doubts about the sincerity and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari ‎to the rescue of our precious daughters abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Secondary School, Chibok on April 14, 2014, as well as his sincerity in rescuing all other victims and ending the Boko Haram insurgency, such doubts should be eliminated by the success of the negotiations that led to the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls.”

Shettima’s reaction was contained in a statement issued by Malam Isa Gusau, spokesman to the Borno governor.
He said: “‎As people of Borno State troubled by the deaths and destructions of the Boko Haram insurgency, one of our major sources of strength since May 29, 2015, has been the undiluted sincerity we saw in President Muhammadu Buhari based on his administration’s absolutely genuine commitment towards recovering our schoolgirls, thousands of other women and children held in captivity as well as ending the insurgency in order to secure the lives of our citizens and make way for reconstruction, resettlement and other development programmes and projects.

“I am certain that the recovery of our 21 precious daughters from insurgency only strengthens the resolve of the Buhari administration to continue to work tirelessly until all the girls and all Nigerians abducted are freed and until the Boko Haram insurgency is brought to an end to guarantee public safety.”

The governor also thanked the Armed Forces and others who worked on the recovery of these 21 daughters of Borno State.
Also, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the news of the release of the girls came to him as a “delightful relief”.

“I congratulate the families of these young ladies who have endured so much anxiety and pain on account of this horrendous experience. I am also grateful that these budding young stars now have the opportunity to again pursue their dreams and aspirations.

“I know there is road to recovery and readjustment ahead, but I am confident that the support of their families, our communities, and the assistance of our many collaborators at home, and internationally will provide the tools required for this,” he said.

He congratulated and thanked Buhari for his steadfastness and dogged effort in ensuring the release of the girls, and saluted the gallant men and women in uniform who have continued to make sacrifices on behalf of the Nigeria, and have remained focused in the hot pursuit of the terrorists.

rescued-chibok-girls-3BBOG, Bala Usman Laud FG

Similarly, a statement signed by the duo of Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, on behalf of the BBOG group, said: “The Nigerian government has confirmed the return of 21 of our ChibokGirls. We are extremely delighted and grateful as we await the names.
“We welcome reports from the presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, of the negotiated release of 21 of our abducted #ChibokGirls today.

“This wonderful development confirms what we have always known about the capacity of our government to rescue our #ChibokGirls.
“While awaiting further details, we take this opportunity to salute the work of our security services at the front lines – the commitment, resilience and tireless efforts of our members of the Multi-national Joint Task Force and the Civilian JTF.

“We also thank the International Committee for the Red Cross, the Swiss government and all negotiators involved in securing the release.
“Following this development, we trust that our government will continue to work to keep the safety, security, and well-being of the other girls a high priority.

“We further urge the international community to continue to support our government’s effort to rescue all other abducted Nigerians, so that parents, the Chibok community, the nation, and the world can finally put an end to this nightmare once and for all.”

Still speaking afterwards, Ezekwesili, who is in the United States, took to her Twitter handle to express her joy over the release of the 21 girls.
In emotional several Tweets, she thanked the president and military for the release of the girls, while expressing hope that the outstanding 197 girls still in captivity will be freed soon.

Another founding member of the group, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, who is now the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), also expressed joy over the release of the girls and commended the federal government yesterday.
Speaking to THISDAY on the phone, she said: “It is a historic milestone in the fight against the insurgency, having them release 21 of the girls they held captive for over two years.

“It is an indication of their (Boko Haram) decapitation by the Nigerian military. I was overwhelmed with emotions when I heard of the girls’ release, because the Chibok girls have been symbolic of everyone who has been held captive by Boko Haram.
“It is a major symbol for all of us to celebrate, to support the military and support the government to rebuild the infrastructure and social services in the North-east.”

  • Daniel Obior

    The government, the people of Nigeria and particularly the parents of the released girls should be congratulated on this major break through. Though most of the girls are still in captivity, a path has thus been created for further releases. At this stage, it really does not matter if money or prisoners were exchanged for the release. As a parent myself, I would give anything to get my daughter back from captivity. This is what should have been done a long time ago to minimise the trauma of the girls and their parents. There are occasions that do not justify the dogma of “we do not negotiate with terrorists”. After all the “shakara”, we have ended up negotiating with terrorists. Often, the end justifies the means. If we had been more mindful of this, maybe our agony would not have lasted this 900 days. We look forward to more negotiations with terrorists, releases of our girls, after exchanges with money or prisoners.

  • Arabakpura

    The only person that is not happy with this news is Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state! But, wait a minute: is this a different DSS from what we used to have?

    • amakachude

      Sorry that you can’t read in between the lines. You should distinguish between a wink and a scowl.

      • Arabakpura

        If you like, read between two lines or many lines as you like; and you are supposed to be a woman for goodness sake! Do you not have any milk of human kindness? Or, are you full of gall?

        • amakachude

          What has being a man or a woman got to do with objectivity? You are filled with boko haram heart of stone. Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Arabakpura

            Time out!

          • amakachude

            Na you sabi.
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Victorson

    That’s a good news. May Allah give you people the grace to free them all.

  • Akins

    But we were told by the previous government that “Nobody was missing and that the parents were rented crowd to embarrass the government”. Why are we like this? I pray that the remaining girls come back safely and hope that the military has not bombed them during their operations.

    • Jon West

      The previous Government said the abduction was a scam and it was. The Northern oligarchy ochestrated the abduction to embarrass the previous government and ensure a Northern consensus for the ouster of Goodluck Jonathan and his Nyamiri government. The always opportunistic Afonja descendants also bought into the idea and the rest is history.

      Now that the objective has been realized, the poor girls will be released , that is those that are still alive and willing to be released. Sometimes you dont want to go back to a life of mockery and shame, which will be the lot of these girls.

      There is also a financial incentive for the cash-for-girls deal. Nobody will audit the payment claims in USA Dollars for the release of the girls by the facilitator, the Daura Security services and their Principal at the Villa. After all there is never any receipt for bribes, which this release really is.
      All in all, a good business for the Northern political elite; regime change and cash to booth. You cant get any better than this if you are a heartless power monger. Sai Baba, you do well O!!!

      • Arabakpura

        Hey Jon, when another person’s corpse is passing by in a hearse, the unconcerned perceives it like a bunch of firewood! There should be a point where politics stops and empathy begins! Put on your inferential thinking cap and have pity on those girls!

        • Jon West

          Did you really read my riposte? Empathy for the girls , any human being should have, and Jon West is the father of a girl and also hopefully human. A scam has been perpetrated on the Nigerian people and these girls are the unwilling tools of the scam.
          Whether you like it or not my dear person, this is a Government of evil people, populated by “men of God” and anti kwaroption hypocrites. Does it not worry you that this stage of the Chibok scam was perpetrated to coincide with the German State visit. The euphoria and continuous lies about the modus operandi for the release also shows a clique of liars who cannot and should not be taken for their word.
          There is no need for sentiments on this matter. I also empathize with the women and children of Aleppo in Syria, but Assad must prevail, even if all those women and children have to die. This is for the simple reason that the rest of us must be protected from those who want to kill us in the name of their version of God and for the promise of 72 virgins in a contrived afterlife.
          Get a life my dear person. I understand these fools and have no time for sentiments. They are all evil vermin, from the Certificateless One to the Awo wannabe and the husband of the granddaughter .

          • Felix Udoh

            The words ‘Awo wannabe’ got me reeling on the floor. As always top class.

          • Edon B.

            “In war, all is fair”. Remember, how some people said that earlier to justified over 2 million children that were killed in eastern axis. I know your guess is as good as mine!

      • Scam? What better scam than the $15billion allegedly frittered away in the name of buying hard and soft ammunition? The $40m allegedly given out to negotiators by the clueless one? What about the parade of deceit by Ngozi Okonjo to Chibok community, and sector commanders telling us she openly confessed not knowing why she was asked to go there. Also the parade of guards at Yola by the clueless one himself , pure deceit and scam, because he saw defeat staring him on the face.
        Now, breeze don blow and we don see fowl nyansh. All the scammers/goats have no more yams to eat, and have resorted to their old fashion hate mongering. Reno Omokri alias Wendell Simlin had moved on and left Jon West licking his wounds from a bitter 2015 brawl. Good luck dude.

    • amakachude

      We were told now by this government that they did not swap nor pay anything to the terrorists and that the Swiss Government and ICRC were involved in the negotiations, but the two agencies have vehemently denied their involvement in the so-called negotiations. Independent reports are saying that dangerous terrorists were swapped and also huge sums of money paid. Until the girls themselves confirm that they are the ‘real’ chibok girls, don’t be in a hurry to jubilate.

      • Arabakpura

        Whether they are real or not and whether something or somebody was exchanged is highly immaterial; the important thing is that some missing Nigerians are back and they should do whatever it is they have done to bring back the rest!

        • amakachude

          It is own cup of bitter tea. God will continue to expose the truth about the chibok scam. Continue to believe the lies. Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Arabakpura

            Time is out!

  • Jon West

    I am quite happy to see these unfortunate victims of our vicious power struggles finally freed after their years in the clutches of sahelian raghead vermin. I implore the President and his Daura Security Services to do the needful, no matter the nature of the deal, to get the rest of the unfortunate girls of Chibok back to their silly parents who let them down, in connivance with the Government of Borno State and the powers that delivered the 2015 Presidency to the Certificateless One. This will end a very sad chapter in the blighted history of this contraption of a country.
    There is no need for grandstanding and showing off these emaciated girls and their unfortunate offsprings; the VP and his APC gang of opportunists should please think of the psychological trauma on the girls when exhibited in this state. As the father of a girl, I would not be happy for my daughter to be exhibited in this state for any reason whatsoever.
    Please, the authorities should feed the girls and return them to a semblance of normality before all these photo ops with the people who were responsible for their sad fate in the first place. Sai Baba, you do well O!!

    • Naija United

      Any independent confirmation please. Thats the question on international media like CNN and BBC as everything look like one sided story by Buhari govt

      • Jon West

        They arranged the abduction and I believe they have started releasing the girls, now that the objective has been achieved. I believe them this once.

        • Felix Udoh

          My sentiments exactly. Besides, this lying government can arrange any set of girls and claim that they are Chibok girls just to divert the attention of Nigerians from the bitting economic climate. I think that we need to cross reference the names and pictures of this girls with the database that WAEC has of the students from the Chibok School who were scheduled to write the examination in 2014.

          • Jon West

            Don’t bother yourself my dear man. These girls , who cannot speak a word of English and always need a translator, were going to take WASC Physics? Please give me a break. I met one of them at the Villa when the Pakistani girl Malala came visiting during the last Government. Malala, whose native language is Urdu spoke perfect English, but the “Chibok girls” in attendance needed a translator to communicate with the poor Pakistani girl who was supposed to be taking the equivalent of WASC and was obviously surprised that these girls needed a translator. The Chibok thing was always a scam. I am an “honorary Northerner” and I know how our people think, especially when it comes to the acquisition of political power. All is fair in this war, any thing goes as long as power is acquired to ensure the continuation of parasitism.

        • BankyMons

          As usual, you got there before me!

        • amakachude

          You couldn’t have captured it better. All the international agencies they mentioned that helped in the negotiations have denied being part of the negotiation. what a shameless government. Shetima knows where he kept the girls and has started to release them.

      • Danladi Rabiu

        Sai Buhari till 2023, “gai maskiya”

        • igonzia

          Is that how long it’s going to take to release the rest of the girls?

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    • Concerned Nigerian

      It is rather very unfortunate that we, humans do not appreciate anything. We go about instigating and writing rubbish on what we neither know nor sure about. I think when ever we comment we should pulse and think first so that our intention/thinking should not offend us. No matter the hate, we should commend the effort of the government in securing the release of those girls. I celebrate the good people of Nigeria, the Parents of the girls and the Nigeria Government on this release of the girls, and we shall continue to pray for the rest who are still under B/H captivity. God bless Nigeria

      • amakachude

        The chibok lies are beginning to fall like a pack of cards. These girls could have been procured from anywhere. Jon said that a verification should be conducted using the WAEC Database and you ignored that. Continue to celebrate lies.

        • Concerned Nigerian

          If this piece of news is a lie then, i am happy to celebrate it.

          • amakachude

            You are on familiar path. Go on celebrating lies.
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      • JOHN

        Concerned Nigerian, if you have been decieved by this contradictions and shenanigans, the Nigerians that are better informed and wiser are not decieved. Tell Buhari to order the release of these innocent girls for he has captured power.

    • If it didn’t take 42 days for the government to officially accept the girls had indeed been kidnapped, we’d be in a much better place today

      • Adesuwa

        Really?

      • BankyMons

        What nonsense! Please drop that line. You would need to ask questions and receive answers before embarking on your ‘rescue’ journey wouldn’t you? In the case of Chibok every effort, question met with a brick wall. Go celebrate your barbarism. The most unfortunate thing is that I share a country with these folks – I wouldn’t want to have anything to do with them deranged animals.

    • Kekedu

      Well, some said no girls were missing. Seeing is believing.

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  • the masked one

    Welcome ‘back’ girls!

    With Boko Haram technically defeated, their capacity decimated and large swaths of Borno secured the FG said, with confidence building and show of faith 21 ‘missing’ girls were rescued? Do you doubt them? Only a fool will doubt the director of movie about how the outcome will be?

    We thank God the end game of this power-play is unfolding towards its terminus but the unforgettable experience of these emaciated girls will continue to haunt the despicable and wicked elements who offered them as tradeoffs for vainglorious power.

    I’ll not want to be drawn into who exchanged what with what but it could be said that a government that is deeply mired in falsehood, deceit and vile propaganda will even in their moment of contrived glory still dwell in obfuscation and mendacity.

    Four dangerous terrorists and loads of cash we were told by not one, not two but a horde of foreign media including CNN that first released the footage of the released girls were exchanged to secure the girls.

    As events unfold in the coming days and weeks, the picture of the shenanigans playing out will be clearer. Hoping that neuropsychologists/psychiatrists and social health workers will be allowed in the rehabilitation program to elicit first hand vital information from these girls. This is not ruling out the fact they may have been debriefed but trained professionals can always elicit vital clues.

    However, this is really a sad chapter in history of this country whatever informed the kidnap and enslavement of these hapless girls whose only sin was being born Christians in an enclave where people can do anything including acts of terrorism to cling on to power.

    Surely, posterity will not be kind to this evil axis in our land!

  • I sincerely hope the government is not providing the terrorists with cash that they will use to purchase weapons for future attacks and kidnappings.
    When we say “at any costs”, that’s what it implies. These guys are not Niger-Delta militants. They are not building houses and buying cars. Giving them money, even in exchange for girls, will further endanger the people living in that region.
    Solution: There is no easy way out. That’s why the US will always say, they do not negotiate with terrorists. If the 21 girls were somewhere, they can provide clues as to where the remaining 200+ can be found. Our security forces need to do some more work.

    • oyewole sulaimon

      the truth

  • Ohajianha Ozichukwu

    In which ever way we look at the Chibok Girls saga, they are victims of unbridled quest for power. Those who seek for political power in Nigeria are ever ready to play and card, no matter how dirty it may be. This is our bane as a country. The only man standing out against this is one Goodluck Jonathan. He said it and lives it out, that his political ambition does not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
    We can only thank God that these casualties of political brigandage are beginning to regain their freedom. But one day, just one day, the Boronu State Governor Shetimma and the principal of this ill-fated school will tell us the real story of their roles in this evil drama. I certainly know for truth that, either exchange of humans or huge foreign currency took place before these girls started trickling out of the home of bondage. It is certainly not that one powerful team or Man-Of-Allah preached to Abubaka Sheku and he turned remorseful and accepted to release the girls. For now, all is valid that will lead to the release of ALL the girls.

    • Dunu Anselm

      This is a good reasoning. Kudos my friend.

  • Vita

    Pay money today to secure the release of yesterday kidnap, the money could be a resource for the kidnap of another bunch (factual or fake). Then more money will be paid for their release and the cycle continues

    If I were to be the commander-in-chief, I would have nuked the goddamn sambisa forest. Thereafter, pay handsomely to all the families of the kidnap victims maybe some N10 million each. I’m sure the country must have spent N10 m x 219 already in fighting BH, yet the cancer is still eating deep.

    • kaykay

      May be if your daughter was one of the girls, you might not have been happy to “nuke the goddamn sambisa forest. Thereafter, pay handsomely to all families”. Childish talk

  • Abubakar Bello

    The past Administration even with all the cash in the World they could not secure a single soul.Baba, well done.Sai Baba.

    • Jon West

      The past administration did not secure a single release because they were fighting against the man that kept the girls in captivity. Now the abductor is in power and is paying himself ransom for the release of the girls. Sai Baba, you will pay a heavy price for this evil. Already your abducted bride Aisha is paying you in your own coins, you bloody pediophile Sahelian monster. The spirit of the Chibok girls will haunt you and your idiot daughters till the end of your wretched lives.

  • ahoada

    Patience dearis God oo can now believe that kidnapped rely happened.

  • Kekedu

    Welcome back girls… Madam Aisha sent her regards. She’ll see you upon her return from BBC Studios in London.

  • Blaq Pryd

    Cash for girls deal or prisoner swap; Nigerians need to know the terms at which these girls were released. Where’s the freedom of information bill that we keep clamouring for? It’s so sad when the world sees as as insincere people all the time.