Leah Sharibu: Negotiations with insurgents complicated – FG

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The Federal Government has affirmed that it has not abandoned Leah Sharibu, the Christian schoolgirl still in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents, to her fate.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said this on Wednesday while addressing State House reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Leah was among the 111 schoolgirls abducted from Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018. 

The minister assured that those engaged in negotiating her release were doing so on a daily basis.

He noted that negotiations with the insurgents were quite tortuous and complicated.

When asked why nothing had been heard from the government’s side on Leah, the minister said: “I think Mr. President actually addressed that issue in Washington and my position is always the same that we are yet to resolve the issue of six girls.

“111 girls were kidnapped, 105 were returned and we are busy on a daily basis asking and negotiating and asking what happened to those five officially at least and then what is delaying the young girl Leah Sharibu.

“Negotiations with insurgents are quite tortuous and complicated at times but I can assure you we are not leaving her to her fate and those who should are daily busy working on her release.”

Asked what was torturous about the negotiations since the insurgents released the girls in broad daylight, the minister said, “Anybody who negotiates with insurgents and terrorists in the world will know that is not a direct face to face negotiation like we are doing.”

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