Trust Issues: Fayose Doubts Release Of Chibok 21, As FG Deny Swap Deal

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has expressed doubts at the claims by the Federal Government that it has secured the release of 21 of the 219 girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 in Chibok, Borno state.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said the claims could be another diversionary tactic of the Federal Government.

As for me, I keep my fingers crossed on this reported release of 21 Chibok girls. This is because we were once told by this same government that one of the girls was released and the girl, who was supposed to be writing Physics WAEC examination then could not speak one sentence in English.

Again, it was reported yesterday that Boko Haram bombed Maiduguri, Borno State and killed more than 10 people. How the same Boko Haram insurgents that bombed Maiduguri yesterday could release 21 Chibok girls today is a question Nigerians must ask.

“Until proved otherwise, the story still appears like one of the diversionary tactics of the federal government.

While alleging that the federal government was evading the hoopla created by the SSS arrest of judges by the Chibok girls story, the governor said the economy deserved better attention than propaganda, acccording to reports on PREMIUM TIMES.

Some of the Chibok girls go free Thursday after being handed over to Nigerian authorities. Photo:  CNN
Some of the Chibok girls go free Thursday after being handed over to Nigerian authorities. Photo: CNN

NO SWAP DEAL FOR 21 CHIBOK GIRLS

COntrary to initial reports, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has denied that the federal government swapped some Boko Haram prisoners for the 21 Chibok girls released by the terrorist group early Thursday morning.

Addressing a press conference on the release of the abducted girls, the mimister said the girls were released following credible information from trusted negotiators among the leadership of Boko Haram.

He said the president, Muhammadu Buhari, gave directives to officials of the State Security Service after it was certain that the release of the girls was possible, based on the information provided.

As soon as the necessary confidence was built on both sides, the parties agreed on the date and the location of the release of the 21 girls. Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release, the product of painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides.

As soon as agreements were reached; the parties decided on a place of exchange and the girls were released.

Lai Mohammed

However, Premium Times reports that they had got information from unnamed officials briefed about the deal claiming that the girls were swapped for four Boko Haram insurgents. A similar claim was also made by Sahara reporters earlier.

Names of the militants were not released.

The widespread reports claim that Boko Haram demanded the release of its members held by the government, as condition for freeing the girls.

The officials according to Premium Times, claim that the exchange took place Wednesday night when Nigerian military officials, alongside personnel of United Nations, Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency, conveyed four Boko Haram militants by a chopper to Banki, a border town in Bama local government area of Borno State.

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