by Omolola Odugbesan
The Nigerian government must release all boko haram members detained in numerous facilities nationwide for the release of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by militant group about three months back.
This was the submission of an unknown man who claimed to be a member of the boko haram sect while speaking on the BBC world service.
The man who claimed to have joined the terrorist group in 2004 disguised his voice for his real identity not to be discovered. He said he was a scholar or a teacher in the group.
He maintained that not all the girls were converted to Islam, the Christians among them who refused to be converted were left alone adding that the girls were hale and healthy.
According to This Day newspaper, the man said ‘Today, if the government releases our members, tomorrow or the next day, we promise you can see all of them. As our leader Abubakar Shekau promised to the media, if the government releases our member, we will release them’.
The boko haram scholar assures that the girls are in good condition adding that they have no problem, those who were converted to Islam and those who refused to be converted are treated equally, he said citing that it is against the law of Islam to forcefully convert someone to the religion.
Meanwhile, in a meeting held on Tuesday by the council of state, consisting of former heads of government, a promise was made that the abducted girls will be rescued soon.
At the end of the meeting which was precided over by president Good luck Jonathan and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state while speaking with journalists said the missing rgirls will be rescued soon.
Akpabio said the security agents already knew where the girls are and the soldiers are planning on how to rescue them.
He added that the major agenda of the meeting was the security of the nation and was briefed by the president and the national security advises about the rescue of the Chibok girls.
He then urged Nigerians to be patient with the worsening security situation of the country.
Among the past heads of government were ex-president olusegun obansanjo, Yakubu Gowon, Shehu Shagari and Abdulsalami Abubakar.
Also in attendance were, ex-military dictator Ibrahim Babangida and former head of interim national government Earnest Shonekan.