Nigerian ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo plans to broker the safety of 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram after having met people close to the group. Obasanjo had met with relatives of senior Islamist fighters in Obasanjo’s farm in the Southern Ogun state.
According to an anonymous source by a local Nigerian newspaper, the group focused on how they can use negotiation to free the girls from the Boko Haram.
Obasanjo served his country until 2007 and he had attempted many times to negotiate with Boko Haram following the September 2011 attack on the UN Headquarters in Abuja. However, his talks with the terrorist group did not stop the violence. Many also see that Obasanjo’s present attempts in dealing with Boko Haram will prove to be any effective.
The international community had also condemned the Nigerian government because of their failure to find the girls. The US, Britain and Israel had sent planes and surveillance experts to conduct a search. The location of the rebels were found, but the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan does not want a prisoner-hostage release negotiation despite the fact the military advises that violence would mean death for the schoolgirls.
It is also not confirmed if the government had permitted Obasanjo’s meeting or plan. Obasanjo and Jonathan had fallen out in three years, despite the fact Obasanjo backed Jonathan during his Presidential campaign.