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Chibok Leader: Exchange Prisoners for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Protesters from the remote town of Chibok stand next to a poster reading
Protesters from the remote town of Chibok stand next to a poster reading "Rescue our Chibok girls," at a protest calling for the release of abducted schoolgirls, in Abuja, Nigeria, May 16, 2014.
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An official in Chibok -- the Nigerian village where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped -- said the government should negotiate with Islamist militants to win the girls' release.

On Sunday, President Goodluck Jonathan ruled out negotiations to free the girls, saying the captives should be released "unconditionally."

However, Zanna Madu, the district head of Chibok town, said the government should listen to Boko Haram's demand for imprisoned militants to be freed in exchange for the girls' release.

"They have given their conditions. And if our interests are, or everybody's interests are, to get these girls alive and healthy, obviously I see no reason why they should not go into negotiations," said Madu.

In an interview with VOA's Hausa Service on Tuesday, Madu welcomed comments from Nigeria's defense chief Air Marshal Alex Badeh, who said the military knows the girls' location, but does not want to risk their lives with a rescue operation.

"I've been saying so and I'll say it again and again -- we should not use any force at all," said Madu.

The girls were kidnapped in mid-April while taking exams at a secondary school in Chibok, a remote village in Borno state.

Jonathan and his government are facing sharp criticism both domestically and internationally for their failure to rescue the girls.

A Chibok community elder, Malam Shettima Dunoma, told VOA his group is organizing a series of rallies to pressure Jonathan's government to do more to try to free the girls.

He also said a presidential fact-finding committee on the kidnapped girls had failed to meet with his group or visit Chibok, despite promises to do so.

Several countries, including the United States, are providing Nigeria with help to look for the girls.

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by: Hope from: Aks
June 21, 2014 12:02 PM
God save Nigeria, God save our Leaders, God save our Gals, God save ur children. Let peace Ren. Der is notin u cnt do GoodLord.... Save Our country. Amen and Amen

by: Anonymous
June 01, 2014 8:10 AM
The whole issue here is jus complicated buh for me if the release of the prisoners will call for the realease of the abducted young school girls then so be it cus we can't risk the lifes of those young girls jus to kill or keep those unworthy prisoners buh I'll make a suggestion that the government should look for a way to persuade those boko haram militants to first of all release the girls before their members will be released cus those militants are not to be trusted cus when their members are released they might decide to do what ever is in their minds with those girls so the government have to be wise

by: Anonymous
May 30, 2014 4:33 PM
It Almighty Allah that have power over every thing in universe, He is the only savior and protector of kidnapped Nigerai girls by His grace our kidnapped girls will soon be release. Amen.

by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Borba
May 28, 2014 4:26 PM
save the girl the Nigeria

by: Daniel from: Calabar
May 28, 2014 12:03 PM
if the government should those criminals just for 200 girls then that means they know everything behind the kidnapping but if they claim they don't then let them kill those criminals

by: pankyes dawo from: plateau state
May 28, 2014 9:00 AM
i strngly agree with the idea of releasing there captive member. Our government is wis an they realy knows what they are about to do is for each an every ones benefit.

by: alao from: bwari
May 28, 2014 3:58 AM
Pls de should not use nigeria shogers, dey should alow d us amy 2 do there work GOD wil give dem d wesdom 2 conker amen

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