The presidency of Nigeria has announced that it will be negotiating for the release of 110 girls abducted from a school in the northeastern town of Dapchi in the Yobe state.
The girls were abducted last month by Boko Haram militants who have subsequently said that the over 100 school girls are safe and would not be harmed in anyway.
The Nigerian government has said initially that the military is investigating the abduction and hoping to rescue them. Instead of using force, the military has now said that it plans on negotiating for their release.
“Nigeria prefers to have schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Dapchi back alive, and that is why it has chosen negotiation, rather than a military option,” The Nigerian presidency said in a statement.
The statement further said that “Nigeria was working in concert with international organisations and negotiators, to ensure that the girls were released unharmed by their captors.”
A human rights activist, Aisha Wakil who is popularly called Mama Boko Haram told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) this month that the abducted schoolgirls are safe with someone she calls Habib, whom she called her son, and his friends.
She said that Nigerians have nothing to fear concerning the overall wellbeing of the pupils and cautioned against any panic.
Boko Haram abduction of school girls from Chibok received worldwide condemnation and campaigns for their release. Some of the over 200 Chibok girls kidnapped have been release and rescued.