The Oasis Reporters
March 21, 2018
Seventy-six out of the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls have returned after their release, Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has said later on, correcting the earlier figure quoted.
Earlier reports had stated that 105 of the girls were released by Boko Haram on Wednesday morning while five of them died.
The release of the girls came barely a few days after Defence Minister Dan Alli promised that the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls would be rescued.
They were abducted by a faction of Boko Haram fighters at the Government Girls Technical College, Dapchi in Yobe state on February 19.
Questions that no one would volunteer answers to revolve around, what gave, to prompt the release.
Was it a military storming of the Boko Haram hideout or an honorable entry with bags of dollars as ransom?
President Buhari before the presidential election in 2015 said he would lead from the front in the war against terror as he told BBC News in February 2015 :
“Boko Haram is not interested in peace — if they are interested in peace, how can they kill 13,000 Nigerians?”
This was later to change in a BBC audio report that Buhari was willing to negotiate with Boko Haram terrorists in July, 2015
according to his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
Adesina disclosed this in an interview with BBC Africa. He said if Boko Haram members are willing, the president will negotiate with them.
However, this seem to be against the earlier stance of Buhari who during his campaign, promised not to negotiate with the insurgents if elected as president.
The legislature received a request for a $1 billion war chest against insurgency. Boko Haram has seen a limitless opportunity and a thriving business enterprise.
Take dollars in millions.
Release some of the girls.
Business is good.