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“FG Still Open to Negotiation to Free Abducted Chibok Girls” – Nigeria’s UN Envoy

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Joy Ogwu

ABUJA (NAN) ― Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Joy Ogwu, says the Federal Government is still open to negotiation to secure the release of the over 200 school girls abducted in April. 

In an interview with the CNN on Friday in New York, and monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Ogwu said “terrorism is a global problem that requires global solution’’. 

She was speaking on the latest terrorist attacks in Kaduna and Kano, which killed several Nigerians and injured many others. 

Ogwu said the international community should use the momentum created by the Chibok schoolgirls’ kidnapping to reflect and “go forward’’ in the fight against terrorism.

NAN recalls that it is now more than 100 days after the schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno. 

“Instead of a military option, the strategy has widened to include negotiation and dialogue with these people. 

“I believe that it is time to move forward really, to find a solution to this problem, to find the girls first and foremost,’’ Ogwu told the CNN. 

The Nigerian UN envoy said the nation had been traumatised that the schoolgirls have been kept by the terrorists for over three months. 

She said Nigerians have not given up hope on the release of the girls as they have persevered in prayer vigils, protests and appeals to their abductors to free them. 

“I believe that it is time for us to get together in a concerted action. 

“At the UN, where I am Nigeria’s Permanent Representative, I made a statement in 2011 when the UN building in Abuja was bombed. 

“I noted, very unequivocally, that violence and suicide are not in the character of the Nigerian. 

“This is an alien culture. It is an external influence and it is important to work concertedly with all nations to make sure that it is not implanted in our culture. 

“We forbid suicide as a people and people who commit suicide are not given a decent burial. 

“So, what indoctrination is that, that persuades a young person who is named a terrorist to strap himself and bomb people or to abduct children? 

“This is an alien indoctrination and part of the strategy to deal with it is to de-radicalise these people. 

“They must be de-radicalised to become normal people again,’’ Ogwu said. 

According to the Human Rights Watch, Boko Haram has so far been responsible for the death of 2,053 civilians in 95 attacks during the first six months of this year.

In May, at the request of Nigeria, the terrorist group was added to the UN Security Council’s al-Qaeda-linked organisations subject to an arms embargo and asset freeze.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

4 Comments

  1. Phil

    July 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    What Nigeria needs is a UN mandate that partitions the country into North and South. I do not feel connected to a person who wants to kill me. Trying to have a genuine conversation with people who want to Islamize the entire country and set up a caliphate is an exercise in futility.

  2. jirla

    July 28, 2014 at 1:47 am

    the bla bla bla continues !

  3. Engr okoh m

    July 28, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Joy stop all these politics, people are dieing, The Boko Haram shall soon start going after people like you in government and be dealing with you so that the likes of you will stop these reoterics, If you government people can not deal with the situation please RESIGN

  4. Sly

    August 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    @Engr okoh m – Clearly your comments are based on, and smothered in ignorance. Apparently you know anything about how our government has historically and typically works. How does her resignation solve the problem?? Ask yourself how the problem began… how it exacerbated… and how it can be rectified! Look to the legislators and the executive arm of government who have the power to take such remedial measures and stop blaming a woman/ public servant who in this interview and in her duties clearly defends your country and its image! Use the common sense wey u suppose get!

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