By George Onmonya Daniel
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State obviously wants negotiation and some form of amnesty for Boko Haram. He said that the day President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president of the federal republic of Nigeria. Subsequently the president told the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners that he would go as far as negotiating with Boko Haram in exchange for the kidnapped Chibok girls. In fact recently we heard the federal government was negotiating with Boko Haram in exchange for Boko Haram’s bomb makers in custody of the government. But then Ahmad Salkida, the journalist that Nigerian authority suspect to be a member of Boko Haram at one time, tweeted that he had no information that there was any negotiation from the top echelon of Boko Haram, and Salkida was right.
(Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State)
Few days after the federal government admitted they were negotiating with Boko Haram, Shekau, the Commander in Chief of the terrorist group released an audio calling the president a liar and denying any negotiation was going on. To show that he is still in charge three bombs exploded in Maiduguri killing over 50 people and injuring hundreds about twelve hours after that audio was released.
(Chief of Defense Staff, Buratei)
We don’t know much about the Chibok girls whereabout or their fate at the moment and Shekau’s audio has plunged us into the abyss of wondering and maze of assumptions, leaving us in quandary with the questions, who are the people the federal government are claiming are negotiating on behalf on the FG with Boko Haram and do Bomo Haram really want to negotiate? Either way nothing is clear. What is however clear is that despite all the successes of the military towards the end of the Jonathan administration and now, despite all the arrests and surrendering of Boko Haram members, our intelligence have not been able to give us hint on where the Chibok girls are, where they are not, or whether they dead or alive.
In the midst of all this one man seems to know much more and is always two steps ahead of our military and intelligence in term of inside scoop from the leadership of Boko Haram, and that one man is Ahmed Salkida. Why hasn’t he been working with the security in this whole imbroglio of claims and counters claims is what we don’t understand.