LAGOS: A civil rights group, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, has alleged that the Australian national, Stephen Davies, engaged by Federal Government to negotiate the release of kidnapped Chibok girls, was compromised.
The group queried the credentials of Davies as a third-party negotiator in violent conflicts and said he broke the rule of confidentiality and neutrality when he chose to go to the media to declare some of his purported findings.
“The fundamental role of a third party negotiator in any violent conflict lies in the confines of neutrality and confidentiality. This includes his or her ability not to be bought over or compromised as well as having his or her efforts not politicized or hijacked and blown out of proportion by a biased interested party,” the group said.
It further noted that the Australian negotiator had fallen for the strategy of the terrorist group through the use of media propaganda to advance their cause.
The group added that Davies might have been hired as a third party negotiator to be used by Boko Haram to fight their superior opponent.
“We are compelled to submit that Dr. Stephen Davies wears the toga of a ‘strawman’ for the sponsors and sympathisers of butchery insurgencies in Nigeria.
“In the case of the so-called “Australian Hostage Negotiator” called “Rev. Dr. Stephen Davies”, it is totally correct to say from the facts available in the public domain, that he is not an internationally respected hostage negotiator but a hired international ‘strawman’,” it said.
Months after their kidnapping, there is no trace of the more than 200 girls that Boko Haram abducted in Chibok.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY