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Buhari Wants UN Intervention For Chibok Schoolgirls

United Nations General Assembly
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 at 11:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria will welcome intervention of the UN on the proposed swapping of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls with Boko Haram fighters held in custody.

The president made the proposal at a meeting with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed Buhari’s position in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

The president said the decision to welcome the UN was to show the administration’s commitment to get the girls released.

He said the government was willing to bend over backward to get the Chibok girls released from captivity.

Buhari, however, noted: “The challenge is in getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with.

“The split in the insurgent group is not helping matters.

“ Government had reached out, ready to negotiate but it became difficult to identify credible leaders. We will welcome intermediaries such as UN outfits, to step in.’’