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Boko Haram’s Relatives Meet At Obasanjo’s Farms In Ota Ogun State To Free Chibok Girls

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May 27, 2014 – Chibok Girls: Boko Haram’s Family Members Meet At Obasanjo’s Farms In Ogun State

Boko Haram’s Relatives Meet At Obasanjo’s Farms In Ota Ogun State To Free Chibok Girls

Ex-Nigerian President Obasanjo recently hold a close door meeting at his farm in Ota Ogun state Nigeria in an attempt to negotiate the release of the abducted school girls.

The meeting held last weekend at the popular farm included family members of senior Boko Haram terrorists as well as intermediaries and the former president, the source said.

“The meeting was focused on how to free the girls through negotiation,” said the source who requested anonymity, referring to the girls seized on 14 April from the remote northeastern town of Chibok, Borno state.

Reports of the talks emerged as Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said the girls had been located while casting doubt on the prospect of rescuing them by force.

Obasanjo, who left office in 2007, has previously sought to negotiate with the insurgents, including in September 2011 after Boko Haram bombed the United Nations headquarters in Abuja.

Then, he flew to the Islamists’ base in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, to meet relatives of former Boko Haram leader Mohammed Yusuf, who was killed in police custody in 2009.

The 2011 talks did not help stem the violence and some at the time doubted if Obasanjo was dealing with people who were legitimately capable of negotiating a ceasefire.

Spokesmen for the former head of state, who remains an influential figure in Nigerian politics, could not be reached to comment on the latest reported Boko Haram talks.

But the source told AFP that Obasanjo had voiced concern about Nigeria’s acceptance of foreign military personnel to help rescue the girls.

“He said he is worried that Nigeria’s prestige in Africa as a major continental power had been diminished” by President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision to bring in Western military help, including from the United States.

Mustapha Zanna, the lawyer who helped organise Obasanjo’s 2011 talks with Boko Haram, said he was at the former president’s home on Saturday.

But he declined to discuss whether the Chibok abductions were on the agenda.

“I was there,” he told AFP, adding that Obasanjo was interested in helping orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria’s embattled northeast and that possible charitable work was on the agenda.

Zanna had represented Yusuf’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the government following his death in police custody.

It was not clear if Obasanjo’s weekend meeting had been sanctioned by the government.

Obasanjo, who backed Jonathan’s 2011 presidential campaign, fiercely criticised him and his record as president in a letter released to the public last December and the two are widely thought to have fallen out.

According to the source, Obasanjo supported a prisoner-for-hostage swap that would see some of the girls released in exchange for a group of Boko Haram fighters held in Nigerian custody.

As a private citizen whose ties to the presidency have been damaged, Obasanjo likely does not have the authority to negotiate any deal on the government’s behalf.

The government, which has officially ruled out a prisoner swap, sent intermediaries to meet Boko Haram in the northeast to negotiate for the girls’ release.

The source identified one of the envoys as Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with ties to Boko Haram who had been close to Yusuf before his death.

“There was contact but it was bungled by the government,” according to the source, saying Jonathan backed away from the deal after returning from a security conference in Paris earlier this month.

The conference saw Nigeria and its neighbours vow greater co-operation to tackle Boko Haram because of the potential threat to regional stability.

The chief of defence staff on Monday said that despite having located the girls, the risks of storming the area with troops in a rescue mission were too great and could prove fatal for the hostages.

[Reported By PM News Lagos]

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Juliet Ogonna

    May 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    If Obasanjo knows boko haram family members tehn he is indirectly one of them
    pls sss should investigate him well

  2. amaechi

    May 27, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    all are comeing out one by one.

  3. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi "KINI IWO NFE"

    May 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    May the Lord crown your effort sir, what we Nigerians need now is the Lord help and our previous leaders help, please sir, Nigerians is waiting for your contribution on this matter.
    The word of GOD say’s ” If there be a messenger with him, a mediator, one of a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness.”
    * 08038433483 #

  4. Spot 1

    May 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    You very correct, Ogonna.

  5. Diplomaticcbi Ibe

    May 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    At the end of discusion, Government know bokoharamists more any one of us. Is unfortunate yet poorman . Ooh! Poor peasants, unfortunate compatriot’s has paid wit their bloods only to pave way for government malfunction cum malfeasance

  6. lee

    May 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Wait o, as in OBJ met wit boko haram family member? Are u freaking kidding me!

  7. kester

    May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    i tink is doing d rite thing………..well father

  8. OmoKehinde

    May 28, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    If this report that former president Olusegun Obasanjo met last Saturday with the family members of the killers of innocent Nigerians is true, then Nigeria is in a serious mess. Why would a powerful figure like Obasanjo called for and had such meeting at his farm in Ota, Ogun State? Boko Haram terrorists and their sponsors are enemies of Nigerian people, her progress, and the unity of our beloved nation. They have killed more Muslims than any religion group in Nigeria. So they are also enemy of Islam and all practicing Muslims. They have bombed and killed people from all tribes, culture and faith in Nigeria. They have flourished and advanced greatly in their evil deeds because of the weakness and incompetence of president Badluck Jonathan. I would wait patiently for the full report before pouring out my mind with regards to this senseless and meaningless meeting with the families of terrorists. Nigeria can never and should never negotiate with murderers who have killed more than 50,000 innocent Nigerians. Nigerian government and every citizen should declare war against Boko Haram and its supporters wherever they may be hiding. Believe it or not, our nation is at war already.

    Former Obasanjo ‘ s actions and personal desires are the reason why Nigeria is in this mess. His criminal political manipulations of many years had set our country backward among nations of the world. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo doesn’t believe in free and fair election, he specializes in rigging and manipulating election results as he so wishes. This is one of the many reasons why his people-Yorubas never like nor respect him. As a president, he imposed then Governor Badluck Jonathan on the late president Yaradua as his running mate; knowing fully well that Yaradua was terminally sick and unfit to be president. That has resulted to Nigeria having the most incompetent and low mentality president ever in the nation’s history. Our economy has been shattered by Jonathan; citizen’s safety is no longer guarantee in Nigeria; corruption is at the worst pace ever; food prices have sky rocket because he jacked up prices of kerosene and petrol by 70 % weeks after he was reelected in 2011; unemployment rate among our youths is at an alarming rate and we are no longer respected anywhere in the world. Our once great and powerful military that had saved and delivered many African countries from massacre can no longer safe our nation from Boko Haram insurgency. What a mess pioneered and created by Obasanjo ‘ s political manipulations.

    A man only negotiate or discuss with people he knows very well. If truly he met with the families of murderers at his Ota farm, then may be the former president knows those criminals very well. This should be a concern to all Nigerians both home and abroad. However, if president Obasanjo Saturday’s meeting was with people that matters for those innocent school girls to be returned safely without any casualty to their parents, then I salute his courage and effort. I can’t imagine myself been in the position of one of the parents of the kidnapped girls? Only God knows what they been through and going through since the day those children were taken hostage by Boko Haram terrorists. God Almighty will deliver Nigeria from the wickedness of hidden enemies. He will surely deliver us from the weakness, failures, and incompetence of president Badluck Ebele Jonathan in the coming 2015 general election. Amen.

    • olawaleadebayo

      June 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      kehinde u must b ****** that is y i hate muslim dey ar all mad dont u read shekauru speech

  9. Margaret

    May 28, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    @ omokinde, did d people up dare told u dat dey do not know pple behind dis problem, let me tell u the problem our president has is fair of unknown for ur information they know the pple behind the problem bcos they all site together and have meeting every day but just bcos the president is not a military(Army) person that can finish all their pple (i mean kill all of them in that area) like wat Obasnajo did to some area when he was the president of Nigeria. pls just forget and continue to pray for Nation. for Obasanjo to have meeting with some of their leader dat means things will wok well later. but have it in mind that those pple call their self ur leader their hand are not clean.

  10. hj

    May 28, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Boko haram relatives in Ota farm means Boko haram in Ogun State. Gradually! gradually!! gradually!!!

  11. Usman

    May 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Very soon u wil stat cofesin wat u av done

  12. Noble lady

    May 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    If negoitation is d only solution 4 dis problem 2 b solve, then let it done. Bcos it’s obvious that our govt. cannot fight dis devils boko haram. So instead of wasting of more innocent blood, let the negoitation be done. God bles Naija.

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