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FG Invites U.N Negotiator In Chibok Girls’ Swap Deal

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Posted: Sep 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


The Federal Government, on Thursday, said it has agreed to a deal to swap abducted Chibok Secondary School Girls with Boko Haram fighters in custody as a show the commitment of made by President Muhammadu Buhari with UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

The President had assured Ki-Moon on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, that the country would welcome intermediaries from the global body to ensure release of the girls capture from their school in Chibok in Borno State over two years ago.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser, Media & Publicity, on Thursday morning, the Federal Government “was willing to bend over backwards, to the Chibok girls released from captivity, the challenge is in getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with.”

He quoted the President as saying: “the split in the insurgent group is not helping matters. Government had reached out, reay to negotiate, but it became difficult to identify credible leaders. We will welcome intermediaries such as UN outfits, to step in.”

Adesina said Buhari reiterated that the teachings of the insurgency group were far from being Islamic and indeed, no religion advocates hurting the weak and innocent.

“The fact that they kill men, women, children and other people wantonly, and shout Allahu Akbar (God is great) shows that they do not know that Allah at all. If they did, they would not shed innocent blood,” he quoted the President as saying.

The President then thank the UN Secretary General for the moral and material support that has enabled Nigeria surmount many of its challenges, while Ki-Moon congratulated Buhari on the anti-corruption war, assuring him that: “You are highly respected by world leaders, including myself. Your persona has given your country a positive image.”

Ki-Moon also noted that the world recognized the achievements of the Buhari administration against the Boko Haram insurgents, but urged the administration to human rights always to prevent a repeat of the Syria scenario.