Thursday, May 1, 2014

#BringbackourGirls - Masses Turn Out For Protests, Boko Haram Negotiator Emerges

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Hundreds of Nigerians protested in Abuja, Ibadan, Kaduna, Lagos and Kano over the schoolgirls abducted from Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, more than two weeks ago. The protesters in Abuja demanded at the National Assembly that the federal government provide concrete news in 24 hours concerning the fate of the girls or the protests would continue.

Defying the heavy rain, the protesters commenced the march from the Unity Fountain, near the Transcorp Hilton Hotel and were led by the former Vice-President of the World Bank, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili.

Others who joined the march included the wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Titi; wife of the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Mrs. Maryam Uwais; renowned civil rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), civil society activists; professionals; youth groups; and students.

Upon reaching the National Assembly complex, they were met at the entrance by Senate President David Mark, who addressed the rally, saying the lawmakers were also angry at the situation and were working round the clock with the security agencies to ensure that the girls are rescued.

Meanwhile, a negotiator has emerged who thinks he would be able to broker the release of the abducted girls from Boko Haram. The intermediary told Channel 4 News.

"The girls, we believe, are alive but they have been moved from the location to which they were originally taken. It would not be hard to engineer a deal. It looks like they want to release them. They want a way out," said the negotiator, who has long experience of dealing directly with the Islamist group Boko Haram in previous hostage crises.

The kidnappers have warned, however, that attempts by the military to launch a rescue attempt "may result in the deaths of many of the captives".

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