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Chibok Girls: FG is Prepared to Discuss with Boko Haram – President Buhari

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President BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to discuss the release of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terror group since 2014,

In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, President Buhari said the Nigerian government is ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls.

“I have made a couple of comments on the Chibok girls and it seems to me that much of it has been politicised.

What we said is that the government which I preside over is prepared to talk to bonafide leaders of Boko Haram.

If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.

If they do it through the ‘modified leadership’ of Boko Haram and they talk with an internationally recognised NGO, then Nigeria will be prepared to discuss for their release,’’ he said.

President Buhari, who spoke to the media on the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), warned that the Federal Government will not waste time and resources with ‘doubtful sources’ claiming to know the whereabouts of the girls.

‘‘We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us”.

The President maintained that the terror group, which pledged allegiance to ISIS, has been largely decimated by the gallant Nigerian military with the support of immediate neighbours from Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.

“Some of the information about the division in Boko Haram is already in the press and I have read in the papers about the conflict in their leadership.

The person known in Nigeria as their leader, we understand was edged out and the Nigerian members of Boko Haram started turning themselves to the Nigerian military.

We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigeria Air Force he was wounded. Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem and we know this because when we came into power, they were holding 14 out of the 774 local governments in Nigeria. But now they are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets,” he said.

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the President said the Federal Government is also open to dialogue to resolve all contending issues in the area.

“We do not believe that they (the militants) have announced ceasefire. We are trying to understand them more. Who are their leaders and which areas do they operate and other relevant  issues,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

9 Comments

  1. Onowu

    August 28, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Right about time!

  2. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    August 28, 2016 at 9:28 am

    After all these while, you are ready to discuss with bokoHaram?? Then get ready to discuss with MEND, NIGER DELTA AVENGERS and more that are ready to spring up. Clueless government.

    • FasholasLover

      August 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Discuss wetin? Pls. bring them from where ya’all kept them. That is if girls are truly missing in the fashion (dummy) you have sold to the world. Aim achieved. You can now die a happy man. Ewu.

    • nene+

      August 28, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Are you referring to Chibok school girls kept somewhere by Buhari and APC men?

      Oh please! Even Chibok parents know better now. They no longer do match past with Aunty Oby. They know Buhari can only free the girls when he want. Hmmmm aim achieved, ochestrators rewarded.

  3. Mr.A

    August 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I didn’t have the opportunity to vote last year as I school outside Nigeria and couldn’t afford the trip anyway,even if the elections were in the summer. However, I tried to strike up a conversation with every family member and friend of mine registered and eligible to vote, to vote for Buhari. I am from the south, a Christian, this was met with brick walls, one of the major issues people have had with this Man, Buhari is his perceived desire to Islamize Nigeria, but this is a discussion for another day (I can now see why they thought(and think) so, we are watching in shock, the wanton destruction brought upon Majority Christian/Traditional religious regions, with little or no government effort to ensure protection of life and property). To this matter of Chibok girls, I have to say, I am not one for conspiracy theories, but I do know somethings are not always the way they seem, those who offered, what I considered and still slightly do stupid opinions, that the Chibok girls were never really kidnapped and it was orchestrated by the active collusion of Some Persons from the north and America, cannot be so easily shut down (side-eye to FFK). I still believe these precious children were kidnapped, I am appalled by the response continually being offered by this government, Jonathan messed with a potentially easier window to rescue them, this is fact, But as the C-in-C, even the way President Buhari talks, tells me that there is nothing being done about the Chibok girls. They only respond under pressure whenever boko haram releases a video. A responsible government would have answers by now, you’ve been in office for more than 1 year Sir, what of our Buni Yadi boys? Our goverment has failed us, and they continue to. I hope the story changes,I hope, because that’s all I can do for now.

    • FasholasLover

      August 28, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Sorry. Too late to regret now. Next time, be a student of history. If you are too young to know Buhari’s antecedents, listen to your elders and ask those who know more than you do salient questions. Be wiser in 2019. Even, if you are still outside Nigeria, l bet you have folks back home who are suffering in your nuclear or extended family.

      As a human being, you cannot give what you do not have. Buhari has nothing to offer. Shikena.

  4. artklub

    August 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    dis man is old o….no rest for naija elders o…hustling to di grave.

  5. Twinculture

    August 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Why is it hard for this aboki president to condemn, arrest and bring to book these janjaweed killers but quick to commiserate with foreign countries in the case of terrorist acts? Or are these killings not terrorist acts?

  6. NG

    August 29, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Ready to do everything except the only needful act- a push for a restructured true federalism where the 5% will not be trampled upon by the might of the 95% in brazen overlodship and slavery in through federal might.

    Naira today is 414 to the dollar and this government is playing with our lives- insisting on worn-out game plans that led us nowhere. The NDA may get weary and drop their clamour for justice for all peoples of Nigeria, especially their down-trodden people of SS and the marginalised SE, but the fight will only be postponed till another day. You cant sleep when you have murdered sleep by refusing to consider ideas to move the nation forward. Imagine the arrogance over the National Confab report!

    What is the source of hope for this country today? Is it viable economic activities? Is it harnessed energy of a united people driven by patriotic zeal for the fatherland? Is it competent leadership? Is it a sanitised political environment people by clean or patriotic politicians? Is it informed objective citizenry? My sigh is HUGE!

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