After a group of two hundred girls were abducted from a school by Islamist Boko Haram militants last year, Nigerian President at the time, Goodluck Jonathan, had declined to meet with Bring Back Our Girls activists who included family members of the girls who were abducted.
Luckily, Goodluck Jonathan is no longer in power in Nigeria anymore, and Nigeria’s current President Muhammadu Buhari officially met with the activists today for the first time. Since Buhari has been in power, Boko Haram has increased their attacks while Buhari vows to tackle their insurgency head on. Today, he promised the activists for the Chibok girls that there would be troops for a regional force to fight the militants by the end of the month.
Additionally, President Buhari also criticized the previous government for its incompetence with dealing with the Chibok abductions and the broader Boko Haram insurgency. However, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin will all be providing troops that will attempt to cripple Boko Haram in the coming weeks before the situation becomes even more dire.
At the same time, Boko Haram has proposed the exchange of kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls for jailed militant leaders. However, the Nigerian presidential advisor, Femi Adesina, confirmed that the government is not averse to the negotiation, but it will not be negotiating “from a position of weakness.”
Having killed about 350 people in the last nine days, Boko Haram looks as if it trying to push the Nigerian government into negotiating and releasing jailed militant leaders. Fortunately, it looks as if President Muhammadu Buhari will not be bowing down to the pressure and will hopefully not let Boko Haram get their way anymore.