The results are in! We asked and you answered.
Here are responses to the SABInews poll, “Should President Jonathan negotiate with Boko Haram concerning the release of the abducted Chibok girls?”
Well, if you have an opinion, share it in the comment box.
Ruona Godwin Agbroko-Meyer:
Yes I think he should. These are children’s lives at stake…he may as well use the opportunity to bait them and decimate the scum.
Our president is unpredictable. He may say ‘Yes’ now, and the next minute change it to ‘No’. Let’s just watch and pray that whichever one he chooses should be the right option.
The idea of negotiation literally means both parties have a right to lay claim to the object in issue. Models of punishments are necessary to effect the gravity of crime. If negotiation is used to get those girls back, it is also a gradual erosion of state powers to command authority. What negotiating with them means is a temporary respite that will have a comeback of a more vicious group. Also, what happens upon negotiation is a tactical pardon for the blood sucked by these people. If there is a table talk with them, it will only translate to a temporary relief soon to be washed away by growing confidence of internal insurrection, not forgetting the subtle messages being passed across of the gradual waning of state power.
What the government will do is deploy an all offensive tactical attack on these group which tilts more towards intelligence that aggression. These people cannot be bigger than the state. Also, being mindful of the state of the girls, scratching a little deeper into superficial human psychology, BH is aware of the world as its audience, any negative charge on those girls is not a plus on their part, so here and now the government has a upper hand in the outcome on the situation. And come to think of it, even if there was to be any negotiation, how feasible is remedying their grouse? Negotiation will lead us a kilometer ahead a full blown war that is only a mile away.
I was against negotiations, but that was while I still believed BH was not an organization with a real political agenda–splitting the country into religious blocs is hardly a real political agenda that can be realistically negotiated against.
The last weeks have shown that they seem to be a real organization with a realist agenda albeit couched in polarizing religious rhetoric. I do not know what BHs political agenda is, I reject their religious rhetoric.
If the political agenda can be clarified, I suggest FGN negotiates, they would thus be no different from MOSOP or MEND or OPC which are not threatening the existence of Nigeria, who merely need to have an eye kept on them.
YES! WE don’t have the wherewithal to conduct a successful ops so I bet prisoner exchange is the best bet for now!
Ewoigbokhan Otaigbe Itua:
We cannot set this kind of precedence. We have to go about this the right way. The only people who are not allowed to think objectively about this mess we are in are the parents of the girls. They want their kids by any means necessary. The government cannot afford to be sentimental. It must be clear that a government exist in Nigeria and their hands cannot be forced by just anyone.
I believe strongly that with the international pressure and the #Bringbackourgirls campaign, eventually we will secure their release. We cannot afford to negotiate “prisoner exchanges”. While all these have been on, Boko Haram have continued to kill our people mercilessly. So Boko Haram is not a group to trust. We will do this tactfully and with integrity otherwise it would bite us harder in the groin in the future
Prisoner exchange sends a message that terrorism works and that more daring acts can secure more concessions. The kidnap was basically about sex. If their women are in our jails they can be swapped with the girls. Swapping fighters and hardened cadres is another thing entirely.
Taiye Paul Kolawole:
If there is going to be negotiation,there should be persons to negotiate with. These terrorists are stiff-necked faceless fellows who are determined to take sleep out of our eyes. The cry of helpless mothers of those girls and plea of of many Nigerians is not enough to soften a demonic heart?
The world is known to have fought terrorism, not beg terrorists-they are not beg-able.
Negotiate? No! Their sins are many. Effective punishment is what they need.
Can he offer himself in exchange?
Aminu Aliyu Abdulmalik:
I will say no, don’t negotiate. But then, do I have that right? I am not a parent of any of the missing girls.
My fear is that any negotiation will cost the taxpayer billions of Naira and the carnage will still go on. Securing the release of the girls will not be the end of the insurgency.
An American security expert said on Al Jazeera that if the US was faced with the same situation, they would be prepared to sacrifice 20% of the girls and rescue the rest. Biafra blew up a bridge at umunwanwa with Biafran soldiers and refugees on it to stop the advance of federal troops. Sovereign intervention in military affairs is emasculating our soldiers.
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