The senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, Shehu Sani has assured Nigerians that the Chibok school girls who were kidnapped over a year ago, are still alive and can be rescued from their captors.
Sani, who spoke in Akure, during a symposium held in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Ondo state, said that the Chibok girls will only be found if the federal government negotiates with some persons to ‘extract’ the girls from danger.
He said: “Something that has bothered some of us here in line with the insurgency is, when will the Chibok girls be freed.
“Someone said the Chibok girls will never be free, but I can tell you that they will be free and they are alive.
“There are two ways to get them: the first is to use force to free them and before you apply force, you have to know where they are. You also have to weigh the consequences of raiding the camp with such number of persons, because the insurgents have nothing to lose.
“The second option is to explore ways of extracting them out through negotiation and negotiation is still possible.”
Speaking on how the girls can be rescued, Sani said, “There are a few people, not a panel of eminent Nigerians or a panel, there are a few people who the government needs to reach out to.”
He lamented that, “they said they were going to free the girls on the condition we freed their people. And when we came to the negotiating table, and the government said it cannot free the terrorists because they have done a lot of harm.
“For those who have been following events in the last six to seven years, we have seen how some of us from the north, particularly myself, I tried to find an alternative means of addressing the problem of the insurgency.
“I took the risk of reaching out to the insurgents and initiating a process of dialogue, about three to four times and it was sabotaged by those who were benefitting from the bloodshed.
“It is not possible to say that an insurgent group or people not more than two to three thousand have proved so difficult for a nation of 175 million people to crush.”
Sani However noted that Nigeria and its troops have performed creditably well in peace keeping missions in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Congo and other countries of the world.