I don’t have details of deal with Boko Haram for release of Chibok girls, says Buhari

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President Muhammad Buhari said before leaving Germany on Friday for Nigeria that he was yet to get the details of the deal reached with Boko Haram for the release of the 21 Chibok girls.


The President said this in an interview with a German radio, Deutsche-Welle.

He said said the Federal Government had always preferred to talk to bona fide Boko Haram leaders about the release of the girls.

He said his position had always been that government must have a credible person or persons that would intervene, preferably the United Nations or international NGOs.

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“I think that the Federal Government of Nigeria team insisted on a better type of arrangement and we secured 21 out of about 220 of the Chibok girls,” he said.

When asked if the government released Boko Haram commanders in exchange for the released girls, Buhari said he did not have the details of the deal yet.

He explained that the girls were released shortly before he left Nigeria for Germany on Thursday, hence he had not received full briefing on the deal since the issue should not be something to be discussed on the telephone.

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Buhari said he hoped to get the full briefing on his return to Nigeria.

On the fate of the remaining girls in the custody of the Boko Haram terrorists, Buhari said: “That is what we are trying to find (out) now.

“The more we get, the more information we get about the balance, whether they are dead or alive … and where they are.

“The important thing about really insisting on the go-betweens – especially NGOs, the United Nations – is the credibility of persons that will be talking to the Federal Government.”

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