- An activist has advised President Muhammadu Buhari against call for the swap of Boko Haram prisoners with the abducted Chibok girls
- The activist said the attempt to do such would place Nigeria on a high security risk
- He said the act will not only ruin Nigeria but the West African region, the Maghreb with some spill over to Central and East Africa.
A Nigerian activist based in the United Kingdom has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore all clamour to swap Boko Haram prisoners with the abducted Chibok girls.
The activist Philip Agbese said any attempt to swap the missing girls with the terrorists will put Nigeria in high security risk.
Agbese also called the offer for prisoners swap a poisoned chalice stating that it will be important to imagine the damage the released detainees will do to the country.
The activist said the quest will not only ruin Nigeria but the entire West African region and the Maghreb with some spill over to Central and East Africa.
Agbese said: "The ongoing orchestra that is whining for terrorists considers everything with the exception of one. Recidivism.”
“These groups and individuals that have been canvassing a swop of Boko Haram prisoners for the abducted Chibok Girls do so without regards for the penchant for recidivism among terrorists like any other type of criminals,” Agbese said.
"Recidivism is the chances of a previously arrested, detained or convicted terrorist returning to extremism or violence. Military records would probably show that some of these people we are being asked to free are in incarceration because it was not their first time of being tied to terror.
"Mr President, recidivism is difficult to measure, particularly so in a country like Nigeria where we are still working to bring our statistics and research capabilities up to date,” he said.
He said if President Buhari frees these detainees there is every chance that Nigeria will be reintegrating nothing less than 300 terrorists into the society.
Agbese noted that not many of those that would be released would return to being farmers, artisans or becoming informants to the security agencies.
“Instead, the reality is there is the risk of them returning to the war front to re-stock Boko Haram’s fighting ranks,” the activist said.
Meanwhile, the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group led by the former minister of education Obiageli Ezekwesili has planned a protest to the Aso Rock Villa over the recent video released by the terrorists.
The group is expected to march from the Unity Fountain in Abuja to the Villa – a quest to fast track to rescue of over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno state.