President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that the Federal Government had begun negotiations with members of the Boko Haram sect to secure the release of the Chibok girls.
The President disclosed this while responding to questions from members of the Nigerian community in France
According to the Nigerian President, the continued stay of the girl in the custody of Boko Haram was worrying and his administration will not fold its arms on the issue which has drawn international attention since it happened in April 2014.
At the meeting with Nigerians in Diaspora, the president said;
“The issue of Chibok girls has occupied our minds and because of the international attention it drew and the sympathy throughout the the world. The government is negotiating with some of the Boko Haram leadership,” he stated.
According to him, government has to first establish genuine members of the sect so that it will not make the mistake of engaging the wrong persons.
Buhari said, “It is a very sensitive development in the sense that first we have to establish whether they genuine leaders of Boko Haram? That is number one. Number two, what are their terms, the first impression we had was not very encouraging.”
The President said one of the conditions given by Boko Haram sect was to release one of its members who was developing Improvised Explosives Devices.
He, however, said that his government rejected the demand.
“Let them bring all the girls and then, we will be prepared to negotiate, I will allow them to come back to Nigeria or to be absorbed into the community. We have to be very careful, the concern we have for the Chibok girls, one can only imagine having a daughter who is between 14 and 18 years there for more than one and a half years. A lot of the parents who have died would have preferred to see the graves of their daughters to the condition they imagined they were in.”