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Garba Shehu: We are still negotiating the release of Chibok girls

Garba Shehu: We are still negotiating the release of Chibok girls
July 16
10:54 2019
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Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, says the Buhari-led administration is still negotiating with Boko Haram for the release of Chibok girls. 

The insurgents kidnapped 276 female students from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state on April 14, 2014.

The federal government had secured the release of some of the girls.

In her newly published book titled ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree’, Isha Sesay, a former CNN anchor, alleged that the government had forgotten the remaining kidnapped girls because they were from poor homes.

Reacting to the claims made in the book, Shehu said the allegations were false.

Although he mentioned that the author acknowledged the release from Boko Haram captivity of more than 50% of the girls under the Buhari’s administration.

The presidential spokesman said it was wrong for the author to have said the government did not know who to negotiate with since Boko Haram had split into different factions.

“This is a misrepresentation of the position of the government. When the government spoke on the issue, it was clear that although this split had the effect of making negotiation and reaching an agreement a more difficult task, this country and our international partners are still engaging through third parties with the terrorists,” he said in a statement released on Monday.

“This book asserts that the government and people of Nigeria no longer cared about the girls because ‘they are poor…they don’t have famous names; people just don’t care.’ No. Nigerians care and that is why the #BringBackOurGirls movement was able to generate the groundswell of public opinion.”

He added that it will be unfair to blame the Buhari’s government for the inefficiencies of the previous administration led by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Jonathan had said he cannot take responsibility for the kidnap of the girls during his administration.

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