The government is expected to reject conditions set out by Boko Haram
leader Abubakar Shekau for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls held
hostage by the Islamists.
Asked if the government would reject the suggestion by Shekau in a new
video that the girls may be released once Nigeria frees all militant prisoners,
Interior Minister Abba Moro said: "Of course."
"The issue in question is not about Boko Haram... giving
conditions," he said.
Shekau made the claim in a video obtained by AFP on Monday claiming to
show about 130 of the 276 girls abducted from their school in the remote
northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, on April 14.
"We will never release them (the girls) until after you release our
brethren," he said.
The militant leader, who has made prisoner exchange demands before, said
that some of the teenagers had converted from Christianity to Islam.
The International Crisis Group said in a report published last month that
Boko Haram had written an open letter in 2011 to the governor of northern Kano
state, demanding the release of detainees.
Shekau repeated the demand in a video released last week claiming
responsibility for the mass kidnapping that has sparked global condemnation and
calls for action.
Nigeria's military has been accused of rounding up thousands of Boko Haram
suspects, including women and children, and holding them in atrocious
conditions that have been criticised by rights groups.
On March 14, Boko Haram fighters stormed the notorious Giwa military
barracks in the state capital of Borno, Maiduguri, freeing hundreds of
Amnesty International, however, said on March 31 that there was
"credible evidence" that more than 600 people, most of them unarmed
recaptured detainees, were summarily killed in the military response.
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