The world’s most dangerous Islamic extremists Boko Haram seem to be loosing battle vices as they are willing to negotiate with the government to release the remaining kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls in exchange to escape execution.
A report from The Times, UK says senior members of the terrorist group told Nigerian newspaper Friday May 20, that it was prepared to negotiate a surrender and release the hostages on the condition they would not be betrayed by the government or killed for giving up arms.
Amir Muhammad Abdullahi, who is reportedly Boko Haram’s second in command, allegedly sent the message via a phone saying,
“We want to surrender because things are getting worse.”
According to him no side was winning the battle and that only a third of the girls remained as “the rest have been martyred”.
The bid came as two Chibok girls were recued by the Nigerian Army – one of whom was called Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki, found near Sambisa forest and believed to have been freed as a ‘gesture of good faith’ by the terrorists.
However, there are doubts cast at the identity of the second girl who as claimed by the army, to be among the Chibok girls.
As the army said, the second girl identified as Miss Serah Luka is an SS1 student of the school at the time of abduction. And that she hails from Madagali, Adamawa State.
But Yakubu Nkeki who stood as the spokesperson go for the ‘Bring-back-our-girls’ group disputed the claim, saying that “among the girls , none of them are from Madagali. He insisted that the second girl Serah, is not among the Chibok girls.
“We were never contacted by the military for verification of the girl’s identity before the announcement was made,” he said.
Three states − Adamawa, Borno and Yobe − have been under a state of emergency since May 2013, due to Boko Haram’s attacks.
Boko Haram has wasted at least 2,600 lives in the country, rousing world’s recognition of their deadly raids in remote villages of the north as well as city suicide bombings, using innocent children as live weapons.