Nigeria ‘ready for dialogue’ with Boko Haram

Nigeria's government has said it is ready to

hold talks with Boko Haram to secure the

release of more than 200 girls abducted from

their school last month.

Special Duties Minister Taminu Turaki told the

AFP news agency "The window of negotiation is

still open."

Turaki, who last year headed a committee

pursuing an amnesty pact with some Boko

Haram fighters, said "Nigeria has always been

willing to dialogue with the insurgents."

"We are willing to carry that dialogue on any

issue, including the girls kidnapped in Chibok,

because certainly we are not going to say that

[the abduction] is not an issue," he said.

The minister's statement came a day after the

Boko Haram released a video in which its

leader Abubakar Shekau said the girls abducted

last month from a secondary school would be

released once Nigeria freed all the Boko

Haram prisoners it had in custody.

But that proposal was rejected by the Nigerian

government. The United States has also

opposed any swap with the US State

Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki saying the

US' policy was "to deny kidnappers the

benefits of their criminal acts, including

ransoms or concessions".

The commander of US forces in Africa has

flown to Nigeria to discuss how Washington

can help the hunt for the kidnapped girls.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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