Two and a half years after their kidnapping, the Nigerian government admitted for the first time on Friday, September 16, that it had failed in all negotiations with Boko Haram, aimed at the release of 218 high school girls from Chibok, still held captive by the Islamist group.
Lhe Minister of Information and Culture of Niger, Lai Mohammed, admitted at a press conference that the Nigerian secret service had failed in the 3 attempts to release of high school girls since the abduction. The first, however, envisaged an exchange between young girls captives and terrorist prisoners, as the release was considered a priority. Unfortunately, all attempts were unsuccessful.
Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in March 2015, but tensions between the different entities ultimately had repercussions on the negotiations. A standoff is currently engaged between the Islamic State and the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. ISIS recently handed over the leadership of the group to Abu Mosab al-Barnaoui, but it appears Shekau is resisting his removal.
It is therefore in an objective of defiance that the faction of the Boko Haram group, led by Abubakar Shekau had posted a month ago, a video in which a large number of them had reappeared, after months of silence and death. 'questions about their state of health. The purpose of this video would be to reaffirm to ISIS that Shekau maintains his posture of leader.
One can imagine that these internal tensions do not facilitate the work of the secret services for the release of young girls.
But let's not forget them. 218 of them are still slaves in the hands of violent jihadist militants.
Among the 276 high school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014, 57 had managed to escape just after the kidnapping, and one of them was found by the army in May
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