By Lordson Okpetu
More facts are beginning to emerge on how the FG secured the release of 21 abducted Chibok girls. Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central, has come out to say he was the one who linked the Swiss government with commanders of Boko Haram for release of the Chibok girls, Daily Trust reports.
Senator Sani, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, said he established contact with the Swiss government through their embassy in 2014. He claimed that the arrangement yielded no result because of the lackadaisical attitude of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
“In the course of looking for a mediator, I first went to the European Union, then British Embassy and then Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia vehemently rejected involvement. It was after all these efforts failed that I contacted the Swiss government through their embassy, “he said.
Sani, a human rights activist who took former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2011 to the sect in a bid to broker truce, said the Swiss government accepted the offer. He said he linked the Swiss government officials with Barrister Mustapha Zannah who served as a negotiator.
In the course of the deal, Sanni brought the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) into the arrangement.
How it all started
“It all started in 2014. That was the time we laid the foundation but the last administration was unwilling to implement the deal. When we contacted Malam Lawal Daura, DG of the DSS, he agreed with the arrangements,” he said.
Sani refused to disclose the method used because most of the girls are still with the sect. “I’m very optimistic that more girls will be released soon. The confidence has been built and the foundation has been laid. In no time, the rest will be freed,”Senator Sani.