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Shehu Sani confirms Obasanjo's meeting with family members of dreaded Boko Haram sect

28/05/2014 18:53
Mallam Shehu Sani, a human rights activist based in the northern part of Nigeria, who is also the President of the Civil Rghts Congress of Nigeria, on Wednesday confirmed that indeed, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, held a meeting with family members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, at his Ota Home in Abeokuta, Ogun State, as part of efforts to secure the release of the more than 200 abducted schoolgirls, kidnapped by the sect on April 14, in Chibok, Borno State.
Sani made this ascertion in a statement released on Wednesday.
He said, “My statement is in response to the reports and the enquiries on the Abeokuta meeting with the former president Olusegun Obasanjo and some family members of the Boko Haram group.
 “This is to confirm that the meeting actually took place and I was part of it. The meeting was solely aimed at exploring the possibility of opening a new channel for dialogue or negotiation with the sect members towards securing the release of the abducted Chibok girls held in captivity for over a month.
"At the meeting with the former president and the Boko Haram family members, there was an appraisal  of  the previous reportedly collapsed backdoor deal that was later cancelled by the government.
“I wish to also confirm that the report of the intervention of Mr. Salkida in negotiating the release of the Chibok girls is credible.
“I personally introduced Salkida to the government and spoke about him in many of my previous interviews. He had tried his best in the past and of recent to help in resolving the insurgency through dialogue but was on all occasions frustrated by the government.
“Mallam Salkida should not be vilified but should be appreciated. Salkida’s attempt could have actually seen to the release of the abducted girls. The meeting in Abeokuta was aimed at repackaging and salvaging the dialogue option.”

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