Nigeria’s military cannot swap Boko Haram
fighters in custody with Chibok girls abducted two years ago. Boko Haram recently released a video showing at least 50 girls out of the more than 200 girls in their captivity, stating that it would have over the girls if the government will release detained Boko Haram militants a leading Nigeria’s media reports.
Nigerian defence chief, Abayomi Olonishakin said that the military will be going ahead with its operations against the militia since the swapping the militants for the girls is an entirely “political decision”
“The military decision is that we are going ahead with our operations. The operation is being conducted appropriately,” said Mr. Olonishakin, a lieutenant general.
The military stated that it is still “analysing” the video released by Boko Haram. However, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said that the
government was in talks with the Boko Haram sect for the release of the girls.
“The government’s position is clear that we are in touch with them. We are just being careful and cautious to ensure that we are talking to the right people especially with the news that there is a split in the leadership. But what is important is the safety and security of these girls,” Mr.