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Boko Haram Reporter Ahmad Salkida Returns To Nigeria To Negotiate For Chibok Girls

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Boko Haram Reporter Ahmad Salkida Returns To Nigeria To Negotiate For Chibok Girls

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May 27, 2014 – Boko Haram Journalist, Ahmed Salkida Returns To Nigeria From Dubai To Negotiate For Chibok Girls Release

A very courageous Nigerian journalist who was recently accused of working for Boko Haram fled to Dubai after SSS mistaken him as part of the dreaded sect.

Known as the only reporter in Nigeria with exclusive access to Boko Haram, the Nigerian Federal Government has sponsored him back to Nigeria to help them in negotiating with the terrorists for the release of the abducted Chibok secondary school students.

Ahmad Salkida returned home recently after the Nigerian Federal Government assured safety for himself and his family members.

He took to his Twitter page few hours ago to say:

“Speculations should not becloud d fact that there r many well meaning patriots including myself that r working quietly day & night for peace
Thank you all for your concern. I’m okay but VERY busy beyond twitter working towards peace. I love my country and I cherish her unity
I will forever be readily available to use my rare professional access and knowledge to end this madness and senseless violence in Nigeria
There is nothing wrong in having professional access to insurgents as long as it is used to save lives and promote peaceful coexistance
On twitter everybody is an expert and some of us that can start a class here on conflict and radicalisation are not taken seriously
Nigeria is our country, we have no other country to call our own, so lets get it right
One of the main reasons I unfollowed many is b/c of unmeasured comments. We must all think and act properly to get this right.”

This is how Daily Mail is reporting it:

“One hundred non-combatant, low-level sympathisers were to be freed and the two groups brought together in a convoy of buses accompanied by a hand-picked go-between, respected Nigerian journalist Ahmad Salkida.

The plan had been agreed in tortuous negotiations in response to worldwide outrage over a night-time raid on a school in the town of Chibok on April 14 when the girls were abducted from their dormitories.

Mr Salkida was born in Borno State, where Boko Haram originated. He has known its leaders all his life and has unprecedented access.

He has been arrested on several occasions accused of being a Boko Haram sympathiser, and he fled with his family to Dubai two years ago.

But two weeks ago, he was summoned out of exile by President Jonathan’s aides. He initially feared he might face arrest, but was then given a letter of indemnity signed by the President when he flew to Nigeria.

Sources said Mr Salkida was able to travel by taxi to the group’s forest camp to talk to Shekau two weeks ago. ‘His mission was secretive and dangerous,’ they said.

He is probably the only civilian with access to Shekau. There is trust between them and Salkida had only one aim – to get the schoolgirls out.

He reported afterwards that the group of girls he saw were alive and well, and being adequately fed and sheltered. They told him all they wanted was to go home.

Salkida’s mission was complicated by the chaos surrounding government’s pronouncements about negotiations with the terrorist group.”

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Wesley

    May 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    This guy must be careful they might kill him one of these days

  2. prince of ijesha

    May 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    He is one of them pls hold him very well

  3. malam ahmadu

    May 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    let naija dont give up their trust easily to unknown person.

  4. O Nels

    May 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    The guy seem to know much about the terrorist. I strongly believe he is working with them indirectly, let’s see what happens next, They should allow him to do his job anyway, all we need now is the safety of the girls. Let him go and negotiate with his friends they have been waiting for him, I’m praying for the safe release of the girls. Good luck!

  5. kindness

    May 27, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Pls Almad,we all confide in you,pls do something fast and God will protect u and shower his mercy upon u as u want to help us with d release of those girls.

  6. Metu Nyetu

    May 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    To hear dat smbdy has unfetterd access 2 Shekau, easily walks in & talks wit him like his neighbour, & den coms out unburnt fills me wit palpable misgivings. It is hard 2 imagin dat Shekau would spare a soul obviously not among his fold, except somthn is going on. Do I feel dat there is somthn dat Nigerians & d world @large do not knw? Yes! But wetin we go do nah? Nigeria is now more or less like d proverbial drowning man who neva questions d straw he grasps at, if only it would keep him afloat.
    May God save us all!

  7. mekuzpasalati

    May 28, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    One big problem with Nigeria citizens. How can u call that journalist a member of BH? #smh ; d only thing Salkida needs from us is our prayers and stop calling him names.. Don’t u know how risky d life of a journalist is? MR salk, I pray d almighty Allah will protect u on ur Quest. Amen! God bless Nigeria

  8. Lekan Feyisan

    May 28, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    You can’t be sitting on the fence. You are either for or against. If he can use his influence to free the innocent girls and put a stop to all these, who cares where he belongs… God bless Nigeria.

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