The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Tuesday reassured that the negotiations for the release of other Chibok girls in captivity were ongoing.
The Minister disclosed this at the Air Force Base in Yola in a briefing to conclude a day and night rounds of search sortie of the missing girls to Sambisa Forest.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Alli; the convener of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili; as well as selected local and foreign journalists participated in the search mission.
According to Mr. Lai, the success recorded by the military in the theatre of war was helping the negotiation because of the carrot and stick approach of government to ending insurgency.
“The negotiations are still on, but unfortunately unlike the search operations, we cannot take you along to the negotiation table.
“I want to assure you that these negotiations are going on but they are very complicated and delicate and shift from time to time.”
The Minister commended the military for the victories recorded in various operations at decimating the insurgents particularly in Sambisa forest, adding that the government would not rest on its oars in ensuring a safe return of all the missing girls and others in captivity.
He noted that the capture of Camp Zero in Sambisa, which is the headquarters and stronghold of the insurgents was very crucial to defeating the terrorists. The Minister stressed that the proportion of the camp to the size of the forest notwithstanding, the capture is a big victory for the military.
“Camp Zero might occupy probably one kilometre out of 60,000 kilometres expanse of Sambisa, but it is so crucial to us in this war.
“It is like imagining that there is a war and the Villa is captured. That is the essence of camp zero.
“It is not the extent of physical expanse but that we struck at the very heart of insurgency and it does not mean the end of the campaign in Sambisa forest.”
Mohammed also commended the Air Force for their professionalism and for deployment of modern technology in their operations.