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MORE CHIBOK GIRLS WILL REGAIN FREEDOM, BUHARI ASSURES AS NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed optimism on the release of more

of the kidnapped Chibok girls, after 21 of them were freed by Boko Haram,

following more than two years of captivity.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the German Chancellor Angela

Merkel on Friday in Berlin, President Buhari said negotiations will

continue until all the girls secure their freedom.
“On the Chibok girls, we have been able to secure the release of 21 of

them, so over 100 more are still in the hands of the terrorists somewhere

in the Lake Chad Basin area which include Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

“In getting this 21 out, we hope we will get enough intelligence to go

about securing the rest of them.
“We are very grateful to the UN for their participation in trying to

secure the release of these girls.
“Please don’t forget that as a result of terrorism in Nigeria, no fewer

than 37,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram.
“Right now we have about two million people in IDP camps, 60 per cent of

them are women and children and 60 per cent of those children are

orphaned.
“This is a major challenge for government; we have to provide face

infrastructure especially for education and health, take them back to

their villages and towns and reintegrate them so that they can have normal

life,'' he said.
The President thanked the German government for their humanitarian

assistance and support for Nigeria in dealing with the effects of

terrorism.
Responding to a question on the BBC interview with his wife, Mrs Aisha

Muhammadu Buhari, the President said his wife and the opposition needed to

appreciate the depth of the problems he met on the ground.

He caused laughter at the press conference when he jokingly said: “I claim

superior knowledge compared to her and the opposition,'' referring to his

three attempts at the polls to become President of Nigeria over a 12-year

period, succeeding in the fourth attempt.
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