Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Doubts About Chibok Girl's Release Increase - Possible Political Ploy

It's been only a few hours since my last post expressing serious doubts about the veracity of the Nigerian military's claim that the Chibok girls would soon be home. My doubts have significantly increased, and my anger has sky-rocketed, in those few hours as you will understand after reading what follows.

Nigeria's government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate ceasefire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless in Africa's most populous nation.

The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago still is being negotiated, Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade told The Associated Press.
Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade
But French President Francois Hollande welcomed the "good news" and told a news conference in Paris that the girls' release "could happen in the coming hours and days." France has been involved in negotiations that led to the release of several of its citizens kidnapped by Boko Haram in Cameroon.

Neither Hollande nor Nigerian government officials gave any details.

Boko Haram negotiators "assured that the schoolgirls and all other people in their captivity are all alive and well," Mike Omeri, the government spokesman on the insurgency, told a news conference.

Omeri confirmed there had been direct negotiations this week about the release of the abducted girls. Another official said the talks took place in Chad with Danladi Ahmadu, who was identified as the Saudi Arabia-based secretary general of Boko Haram. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to reporters.
Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram leader

But two people involved in previous negotiations with the extremists said they had never heard of Ahmadu. Both spoke on condition their names were not published because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Doubts also were expressed on Twitter by Ahmad Salkida, a Saudi-based Nigerian journalist living in self-exile because of his links with top leaders of Boko Haram.

Possible political ploy

Salkida suggested the ceasefire announcement was a political ploy as President Goodluck Jonathan prepares to announce he will run again for the presidency in February elections. Boko Haram leaders are "miffed," Salkida tweeted, that people are being "easily encased in deceit." C'mon, we're talking Nigeria here; deceit is the gold standard of communications in Nigeria. This would be hilarious if it wasn't so tragic and frustrating.

Ambassador Hassan Tukur
The chief government negotiator, Ambassador Hassan Tukur, said the Boko Haram representatives he had talked with had provided bona fides by freeing hostages.

In an interview with the BBC, Tukur said Boko Haram had promised to release Chinese construction workers kidnapped in Cameroon and the wife of a vice prime minister of Cameroon. Cameroon announced Oct. 11 that 27 hostages, including 10 Chinese and the Cameroonian official's wife, had been released.

The original #BringBackOurGirls protest movement in Abuja, Nigeria's capital, called for confirmation of the truce from the president.

The principal of the school from which the girls were abducted, Asabe Kwambura, had mixed feelings about the news. "If what we hear is true, I will the happiest person in the world to see these girls of mine return home in one piece," she told The Associated Press.

"But many of us are still forced to doubt government," she added, saying the girls should long have been rescued.

If this turns out to be a hoax, like all the others, some very high ranking officers should be court-martialled and imprisoned if not put on the wrong end of a firing squad. Playing politics with those girls lives and their family's hopes is cruel beyond belief. Someone should pay.