Ahmed Salkida, a journalist and surprisingly a confidant of the leadership of Boko Haram is certain that the abducted Chibok girls are very alive with some of them still refusing to convert to Islam.
No fewer than 200 of the original 300 school girls kidnapped from their dormitory in April 2014 are believed to still be in the custody of the terrorists if reports by the journalist are anything to go by.
President Muhammadu Buhari had said in his maiden Media Chat on radio and television on Wednesday that government had no intelligence on the whereabouts of the schoolgirls.
He however promised to negotiate with the Boko Haram leadership if there are concrete evidence to prove that the girls are hale and hearty.
Yesterday, Salkida was quoted as asking Pres. Buhari to use state machinery to open up access to the militants rather than say he has no clue on the kidnapped girls whose abductions sparked off the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Most of the Chibok girls, whether they are split into groups or not, are alive, multiple credible sources have told me. And if a deal to release them will weaken national security and endanger the entire country, then the federal government shouldn’t make a deal.
I am confident that Chibok girls and other captives can return to their families if the government is half as strong-willed as some of the girls in captivity that have refused to be married out or give up their faith.
The girls would have never backed out of any process, no matter how irritating it is. They would stay on and negotiate hard until they get a deal that will earn them their freedom and stop such abductions so that no one else can ever witness their woeful plight.
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau — from whom nothing has been heard in the last 10 months — once released a video of the school girls and said he had sold them off to marriage.