Shehu Sani, a former negotiator between Boko Haram and government, has called for Nigerian authorities to negotiate with the girls’ Islamist captors, and he said they may have to embrace the unpalatable option of a prisoner swap. “There are two ways to which you can get these girls free,” Sani told CNN’s “Connect the World” show.
“The first is to use force, and the second is through dialogue. The use of force is not an option for now in the sense that nobody knows where these girls were kept.
“And even if you know, these girls have been embedded in with the insurgents who are heavily armed. And any attempt to rescue them will be putting their lives in further danger.”