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It has been revealed that the Chadian President, Idriss Deby, was the one responsible for the ongoing ceasefire agreement between the Federal Government and Boko Haram.

This was contained in a report by TheCable newspaper. As it reads, members of the Boko Haram sect had twice (on July and August) reached the president and asked him to arrange a ceasefire deal between them and the Nigerian government.

He had then passed the message to his security agencies to verify the genuineness of the letter.

Once the letter’s authenticity was confirmed, Deby reached out to President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and set up a meeting during the ICT conference in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital.

On the 9th of September, Presidents Jonathan and Deby had a closed-door meeting where president Jonathan was briefed about the developments. When president Jonathan voiced his support, Deby then asked his head of intelligence to begin negotiations with the insurgents.

Meanwhile, Jonathan appointed Hassan Tukur, his principal secretary, to represent Nigeria in the dialogue.

The negotiations, Cable reports, took weeks, hitting deadlocks several times (as it was difficult to agree with the insurgents’ demands.) One of the demands of the insurgents, we read, was that none of their members should be put on trial for their crimes.

The first demand of the Nigerian government was the immediate release of the Chibok girls, to which the sect agreed, with a little twist: they would release them in batches as they were scattered all over West Africa.

On the other hand, the sect asked for the release of their detained women and children held by the FG for helping their husbands and fathers in the terror movement.

“The most difficult part of the negotiation was the way forward,” a Cable source said. “They expressed fears that the government may not keep its own part of the bargain as soon as they release the girls. By releasing 70 girls first, they want to watch how the rest of the bargain goes.”

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