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How Buhari rejected ransom for release of Chibok girls
Professor of International Studies and author of a biography recently launched in Abuja, titled: “Muhammadu Buhari: The challenges of leadership in Nigeria,” Prof. John Paden, has said that Boko Haram insurgents had demanded €5bn (N1.7trillion) from the Federal Government as ransom for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls.
Paden disclosed that the President Buhari-led federal government rejected the demand
In the book, Paden said: “An additional issue was the status of the Chibok girls. Secret negotiations had been held regarding an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.
“On several occasions, prisoners were taken to Maiduguri to facilitate an exchange. But these negotiations stalled when Boko Haram demanded a ransom of €5billion for the girls.
“The dilemma for the DSS, which was handling the negotiations, was that a military assault to rescue the girls would almost certainly result in their deaths at the hands of their Boko Haram captors.
“But the Nigerian government was not going to accede to Boko Haram’s extra-ordinary demand for a vast sum of money which would no doubt be used to fund future attacks.
“One or two girls were able to escape their captors in May, but the rest remained captive and the impasse continued.
“The Chibok girls were not alone in their grim fate. Hundreds, if not thousands, of persons had been captured by Boko Haram in the North-East. Buhari would need to continue degrading Boko Haram until he could tighten the noose around its Sambisa hideouts and bring a close end to this painful episode.”