With over than three months since the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls, new twists and turns are emerging from the camps of their captors, Boko Haram.
News reaching making the rounds claim the sect’s demand for the release of 70 of its members reportedly held in detention as a precondition to free the schoolgirls.
The demand was revealed through a lawyer said to be close to the insurgents, Hajiya Aisha Wakil.
In a recent interview granted to an international cable network, Aljazeera, Aisha Wakil, who is fondly called Mama Boko Haram, claimed that she was told by the leadership of the armed group that the option of prisoners swap was the condition it would consider before the release of the abducted girls.
On the surface, it appears unreasonable to enter into any form of negotiation with terrorists who have wantonly killed innocent citizens, destroyed property and almost made the North-East ungovernable.
In that connection, the idea to swap the girls with Boko Haram detainees looks preposterous and unimaginable, to say the least, and could be seen as cheap blackmail and a legitimization of criminality. However, considering the lives of the abducted girls and the trauma their continued stay in captivity has brought upon their families and loved ones, no sacrifice will be too much to ensure their eventual release, sooner than later.
Although this is not the first time the terrorist group would make such awful demand on the Federal Government, we think their latest proposal needs to be looked into.