Investigations have revealed that Boko Haram extremists have offered to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok back in April 2013 in exchange for the release of militant leaders held by the government. This was revealed to Associated Press by a human rights activist who was involved in negotiations with Boko Haram last year. It will be recalled that the same offer was made last year to the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan. However, the talks broke down because of lack of preparedness on the part of the Department for State Service.
"Another window of opportunity opened" in the last few days, according to Fred Eno, who has been negotiating with Boko Haram for more than a year and the Buhari administration has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Islamist group to end the insurgency. Meanwhile Nigerian opinion on negotiating with the extremists is mixed. Some say the group's crimes are too heinous to be forgiven: The 6-year-old Islamic uprising has killed more than 13,000 people and forced about 1.5 million from their homes. Amnesty International alleges that 8,000 Boko Haram detainees have died in military custody