Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Swiss government explains her involvement in Nigeria negotiation with Boko Haram that led to the latest release of 82 Chibok school girls

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The Switzerland government has explained why it got involved in the negotiation that triggers the release of the 82 Chibok school girls abducted 3years ago by the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.

According to a news report published yesterday by a UK newspaper, IBTimes UK, the Swiss government said her involvement in the negotiation with Boko Haram was based on a request from the Nigerian government as well as on “humanitarian ground.”

President Buhari, on Sunday, thanked Swiss government, the International Committee of Red Cross, Nigerian military and security agencies, and local and international NGOs for their concerted effort at releasing of the girls.

The Red Cross had on Monday explained her role in freeing the girls.

IBTimes UK quoted Noemie Charton, the spokesperson for the Switzerland’s foreign ministry, as saying: “Switzerland’s commitment was prompted by humanitarian concerns.

“Switzerland’s engagement in this operation was guided by the principles of strict neutrality and non-interference.”

The newspaper also quoted a security analyst and counter-terrorism expert, David Otto, who said: Switzerland representative played an active role in organizing negotiations from within Nigeria and outside Nigeria…

And along with local key actors, like Barrister Zannah Mustapha and (human rights activist and lawyer) Asiha Wakil, who wield trust due to their pre-existing relationships with one or more factions (of Boko Haram)”.

The detailed information of the negotiations that led to the release of the girls has not been revealed by the federal government. The government has also not revealed the number of Boko Haram suspects released in the swap deal.

According to the newspaper, Switzerland, called on Boko Haram to release the remaining girls who are in their captivity.

The girls that had just regained freedom are among the over 270 abducted from their dormitories in a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno state in April 2014 as they were preparing to write their final exams.

Twenty-one of them have been released earlier last October after negotiations between Boko Haram and the federal government.

Two other girls were found separately, in addition to those who escaped on the night of their abduction.

With the latest release, about 80 Chibok girls are now being held by the Boko Haram.

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