Boko Haram terrorists have demanded that the federal government should swap its members who have been in detention as offering to free women captives.
Reports by The Associated Press, AP quoted an unknown human rights activist, who claimed that the terrorists were particularly offering to release the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls, who were abducted on April 14, 2014 from Government Girls College, Chibok, Borno State that ignited worldwide outrage and a campaign to “Bring Back Our Girls” that stretched to the White House.
If this report is anything to go by, this is not the first time the terrorists will be making such a demand, as they have reportedly done so during ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that such offer was made last year under Jonathan to release the 219 students in exchange for 16 Boko Haram detainees, the activist said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters on this sensitive issue.
Fred Eno, an apolitical Nigerian who has been negotiating with Boko Haram for more than a year, told the AP that “another window of opportunity opened” in the last few days, though he could not discuss details.
Presidential adviserm Femi Adesina said on Saturday that Nigeria’s government “will not be averse” to talks with Boko Haram. “Most wars, however furious or vicious, often end around the negotiation table,” he said.
Eno said the 5-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations that had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to Jonathan.
Two months of talks last year led government representatives and Eno to travel in September to a north eastern town where the prisoner exchange was to take place, only to be stymied by the Department for State Service intelligence agency, the activist said.
At the last minutes, the agency said it was holding only four of the militants sought by Boko Haram, the activist said.
It is not known how many Boko Haram suspects are detained by Nigeria’s intelligence agency, whose chief Buhari fired last week.

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