Tuesday, 19 April 2016

It is possible to free Chibok girls – Shehu Sani

It is possible to free Chibok
girls – Shehu Sani

– Senator Shehu Sani still believes that the
missing Chibok girls can be freed
– However, he noted that Nigeria may have
to pay a very high price to secure the
release of the abducted girls by releasing
some captured Boko Haram members


– According to Sani, the federal government
should set up a special committee which will
do everything possible including persuading
and negotiating with the insurgents
“We may have to pay a very high price to
get these girls out now. It is possible to free
them.”
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna
Central senatorial zone does not lose hope
and believes that the missing Chibok girls
can be freed and reunited with their families.
However, he has recently noted that Nigeria
may have to pay a very high price to secure
the release of the abducted school girls by
releasing some captured Boko Haram
members.
Vanguard reports that the senator expressed
worries while fielding questions from
journalists in Kaduna after donating assorted
materials, equipment and machines valued
at N42 million to hospitals, schools, women
and youths centres to the seven local
government areas in his constituency.
“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,” he said.
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According to Sani, the federal government
should set up a special committee which has
its mandates and responsibilities.
The committee should do everything possible
including persuading and negotiating with
the insurgents with terms on how to get
these girls out.
“There is the need to set up another
committee to ensure that both sides abide by
the rules set up for the negotiation. This
committee should include international bodies
like the United Nations. I think we may need to
pay the highest price to get these girls out
even if it means freeing some of their
members in detention. I don’t like this
academic argument of saying, ‘if this happens,
then that thing will happen’,” he noted.
The senator noted that the Chibok girls
continue to stay in the hands of the
terrorists simply because of class
difference.
“This is the truth of the hostage situation in
Nigeria. When the children of the high and
mighty are abducted, or their wives and
brothers are kidnapped it takes no time to
secure their freedom,” he added.
Meanwhile, Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of
Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, has
accused the federal government of not doing
enough to rescue the Chibok girls.
She noted that the girls would have been
rescued if they were the daughters of the
elite, and added that their abduction
symbolises “our failure as a nation”