President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed Nigeria’s readiness to release Boko Haram leaders for the missing Chibok girls abducted in 2014.
On the sidelines of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, Buhari told the media on Sunday that the government is ready to dialogue with the “bonafide” leaders of the terrorist group.
“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,” President Buhari’s official spokesperson Garba Shehu quoted him as saying.
He however stressed that they should do it through the “modified leadership” of the group warning against “doubtful sources” referring to the reported divisions in Boko Haram.
“What we will not do is waste time and resources on doubtful sources, who falsely claim to know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls,” he said.
President Buhari welcomed the news about the Nigerian members of Boko Haram turning themselves in to the Nigerian military as well as Nigerian army’s airstrike that is believed to have injured leaders of the group including Abubakar Shekau.
“We want those girls out and safe. The faster we can recover them and hand them over to their parents, the better for us,” Buhari added.
“I reiterated it in Nairobi, that we want our Chibok girls safe, we want them out. We’re doing all we can to reunite them with their families.” he said.