Listen to Boko Haram's demands, Jonathan told

2014-05-28 10:19
A woman attends a mass-demonstration calling on the government to increase efforts to rescue hundreds of missing kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

A woman attends a mass-demonstration calling on the government to increase efforts to rescue hundreds of missing kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP)

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Cape Town – An official in Nigeria’s Chibok village where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, has reportedly called on the government to listen to the group's demand for imprisoned militants to be freed in exchange for the girls' release.

According to the Voice of America, Zanna Madu, who is the district head of Chibok town, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration should negotiate with the Islamist militants to win the girls’ release.

On Sunday, Jonathan ruled out any negotiation to free the girls, saying the captives should be released "unconditionally".

Madu's remarks came as Nigeria's defence Air Marshal Alex Badeh said on Monday that the military knew the girls' location, but would not use force to rescue them as any raid to free them would be fraught with danger.

'We can't go and kill our girls'

According to an AP report Badeh said Nigerian troops could save the girls but "we can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back".

More than 200 teenagers were abducted from their school in the town Chibok on 14 April. Police say 53 escaped on their own and 276 remain captive.

A Boko Haram video has shown some of the girls reciting Quranic verses in Arabic and two of them explaining why they had converted from Christianity to Islam in captivity.

Unverified reports have indicated two may have died of snake bites, some have been forced to marry their abductors and that some may have been carried across borders into Chad and Cameroon.
- News24

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