Nigerians consider risks of trading prisoners for abducted schoolgirls
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 01:08
May 13 - Nigerians say the government should do everything it can to rescue more then 200 kidnapped school girls but should not 'negotiate with terrorists.' Deborah Gembara reports.
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On the streets of the Nigerian port city of Lagos, reactions to the the latest offer from Boko Haram's leader... who basically said hand over our jailed Islamist militants and we'll return more than 200 schoolgirls.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BUSINESSMAN, DICKSON EGBO, SAYING:
"For me I will prefer the government to release those prisoners for now, allow those girls go back to their parents."
Some here say trading prisoners will only make things in Nigeria more dangerous.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT, IYKE, SAYING:
"The people that is in prison should face the law, they have wasted blood, they have wasted innocent souls, so they should face the full weight of the law should be on them, while the federal government should do everything as much as possible to see that those girls came out."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SURVEYOR, DANIEL OSAS, SAYING:
"You don't negotiate with terrorists because if you do that, definitely, if you release those people that in the SSS (State Security Service) custodies, they will go and reinforce and still come back and hit you harder."
Boko Haram militants, who are fighting for an Islamist state, stormed a secondary school almost a month ago, seizing more 276 girls. While some managed to escape, more then 200 are still missing.
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