Monday, 20 October 2014

# Africa News # Boko Haram

Boko Haram Announces Agreement To Release Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Nigeria – and the world – await with bated breath credible confirmation that the government has been able to agree a lasting ceasefire deal with Boko Haram.

Reports from TheConversation have emerged that a deal has been signed with the insurgent group which will mean the release of the 217 Chibok schoolgirls abducted in April and an end to the violence and terror which has plagued the country for more than a decade.

For the soldiers forced to fight under very constrained conditions, with thousands dead – and without adequate compensation from the government – any kind of ceasefire is a welcome development. Meanwhile the parents of the stolen girls abducted on April 14 will be hoping against hope this is a chance they have been praying for to secure the safe return of their daughters.

Meanwhile for many in the military and security hierarchy, a ceasefire agreement with a group of terrorists will represent something of a humiliation.

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