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