Senator Shehu Sani said he is optimistic that the Chibok girls are still alive.
Senator Shehu Sani disclosed that the Chibok girls are still alive even although they have been missing for over five hundred days.
Senator Sani has reportedly been involved in negotiations with Boko Haram and the Nigerian government in bids to rescue the girls and end terrorism in Nigeria. He said he is certain that the girls are still alive.
He urged that president to do all he can to rescue them.
I have the belief they are alive because if they were not, certainly, the group in their own criminality and violence, would have announced that they had killed them.
Don’t forget they have been very honest in the past in telling the world who they have killed or not.”If they are not alive, certainly, we would have known but they are actually alive and I believe it is an issue which the government needs to thrash out before we go into the final phase of ending insurgency in the Northeast.
Senator Shehu Sani said the initial negotiations with the Boko Haram had some hitches.
A number of things went wrong with previous efforts to broker peace between Boko Haram and the Federal Government.
First, some of the demands made by Boko Haram were such that the government was not ready and willing to oblige.
The group has always insisted that it is willing to agree to peace provided its members are released by the government. But the government had never been ready to do that. That has been the sticking point where all previous negotiations had always crashed.
So, if the government says it is ready for negotiation, it should also be ready to concede certain things in the interest of peace.
Senator Shehu Sani claimed that the battle against the insurgents cannot be won without the rescue of the Chibok girls.