Boko Haram

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„One of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok was freed this week, police and a parent of some of the other missing girls said”, Reuters reported on September 25[1]. This punctual success can not obscure the very fact that an Australian negotiator openly accuses senior Nigerian officials of working for Boko Haram, the terrorist organization which had been abducted the schoolgirls.

On September 19, 2014, Nigerian media published an almost explosive declaration of the Australian negotiator Dr. Stephen Davis, who says that very senior Nigerian officials are involved in ‚sponsoring’ the terrorist organization Boko Haram[2]. The individuals Davis is openly speaking about are a senior official at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the former Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army, General Azubuike Ihejirika, and Ali Modu Sheriff, former governor of Borno and a close collaborator of President Goodluck Jonathan. This accusation is strongly supported by the Nigerian professor Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1986). Davis says that CBN is involved in money laundering operations aimed at helping Boko Haram.

Dr. Davis has been hired by the Nigerian President in order to negotiate with Boko Haram representatives in an attempt to free the almost 250 young schoolgirls abducted by terrorist organization in Chibok (in Borno, one of the states in Nigeria), on April 14, 2014[3].

 

 

[1] Tim COCKS, “One of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria's Chibok freed - police”, Reuters, September 25, 2014, at the Internet address http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/25/us-nigeria-girls-idUSKCN0HK1I120140925

[2] Exposing the CBN Boko Haram “sponsor”, Vanguard, September 19, 2014, at the Internet address http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/exposing-cbn-boko-haram-sponsor/

[3] S. DEAN, E. CRANE, B. JONES, “EXCLUSIVE: 'We must not endanger their lives any further,' says Australian man desperately trying to free Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram”, Mail Online, 01.06.2014, at the Internet address http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2645234/Australian-desperately-trying-free-kidnapped-Nigerian-schoolgirls.html

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