Chibok Girls: Buhari gives condition for continued negotiation with Boko Haram

Missing chibok girls
Photo: dailytimes.com.pk
Missing chibok girls Photo: dailytimes.com.pk

The Nigerian government will only continue negotiations with the Boko Haram if “they agree to involve international agencies like ICRC (Red Cross),” President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The Nigerian leader, who met with the President of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, thanked the international agency for its role in the discussions that led to the release of 21 of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The 21 girls and over 180 others were kidnapped by the Boko Haram from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

According to a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari also told his guest that Nigeria’s biggest problem was handling the over 2 million people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Read Mr. Adesina’s full statement below:

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the role played by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the release of the 21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls, urging it to sustain humanitarian interest in Nigeria.

Meeting with Peter Maurer, ICRC President, at State House, Abuja, Monday, President Buhari said his administration is prepared to continue talks with the Boko Haram insurgent group, “as long as they agree to involve international agencies like ICRC.

“We’ve seen the result of recent talks, 21 of the Chibok girls are back,” the President said, referring to the role played by ICRC in providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the girls, who had spent over 900 days in the hands of their abductors.

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN

President Buhari said Nigeria’s biggest problem was perhaps the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs). He said there were over 2 million of them, “made up of over 60% women and children. About 60% of the children don’t know their parents, or where they come from. It is weighing heavily on government.”

On rebuilding of destroyed infrastructure, President Buhari said it was a priority of government, noting that the G7 had equally indicated support, which Nigeria heartily welcomed.

“We appreciate all your efforts. I am pleased you recognized that our military is cooperating with civil authorities, and respecting humanitarian issues. It is a difficult time for Nigeria. About 27 of our 36 states couldn’t pay salaries when we came last year, and we are still struggling with that. But we will get out of it,” the President said.

Mr. Maurer, the ICRC President, said their operation in the Lake Chad region is the second largest in the world, after Syria, adding that there are nutritional, health, water and sanitation issues in the North-east, in addition to rebuilding of infrastructure.

“We are ready to engage and play supportive role in responding to crisis in Nigeria. Security is a lot better than it was a year ago, but humanitarian problems are serious, and don’t disappear so quickly,” Mr. Maurer said.

The ICRC President also commended Nigeria for granting increased access to detainees, and exchanges with the Armed Forces.

He added: “Detention facilities have improved, there are fewer deaths, and things are better health-wise.”


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  • Otile

    Why didn’t Imam involve the Red Cross right from the beginning?
    This is like closing the barn door after the horse has fled.
    Boohoo, we told you so.

    • Rommel

      Who did president Jonathan involve,Idris Derby of Chad and PDP chairman and founder of Boko Haram Bunu Sheriff?

      • Burning Spear

        Senior Ibo manu—Sadly I have often told u that u hardly ever think or put on your regional thinking cap b4 u plant your trolles here for the Apes in APC—–Aware such comments will not even place u in d good books of the Yorubas and Fulanis———–in APC————GO AND REBUILD-YOUR PARTY IN APGA in the South East for us to see———————Besides—Are u now comparing Idris Derby and Sheriff to——-the Almighty Red Cross————? Are the duo u mentioned the same as the Red Cross or the UN now?—Which organisation is well equipped to supervise and authenticate the said release of the fake Chibok girls?—————– An event which did not even see the soldiers of the Dubai thief—Buratai being invited-must be a fraud period—The work of releasing the Chibok girls girls has nothing to do with—the DSS–or Efcc—because u cannot take the FBI or CIA to fight a war——They can only do their usual spy work–for u–That of defending the country and her citizens is the job of the armed forces—Monkey

      • sanetalk

        Please don’t waste your precious mind and fingers thinking and typing a reply to people in perpetual delusion. When the news of the release broke, they questioned the role of ICRC, when proofs of previous ICRC involvements in similar situations around the world were provided, they changed the narrative and planted falsehood in their blogs to the effect that the Nigerian Army, Swiss government and ICRC have denied involvement and their deluded followers went agog. Why bother with purblind people who have lost their marbles, I have since learnt to ignore their posts and advise you should.

        • ed

          Let’s be fair with our comments. The Red Cross did release a statement as to the limited role they played.
          Namely supervision of the release of the girls as agreed to by the two parties.
          Nigerian government with exclusive Fulani Northern Security leadership made the deal with their kinsmen Boko Haram period.
          We congratulate the family of the released kidnapped innocent school girls.
          President Buhari should stop making it sound as Red Cross played any part in the deal.

    • Burning Spear

      Which organisation is more suited or well equipped to supervise and authenticate the said release of the fake Chibok girls?———–Is it not the Red Cross?—Yet them ppl in the Presidency lied to us they were involved—turned it to be a lie—— An event which did not even see the soldiers of the Dubai thief—Buratai being invited-to supervise the ceremony must be a fraud period–Even if the condition under which the girls were released entails the soldiers not being present——they must be informed——-Except Bingo BUHARI does not trust the soldiers———or sees them as moles to boko haram—————————-Why were senior citizens like Father Kukah–Alex Ekweme among others–not involved—–in the handing over ceremony—-Create a sense of believe-ability for us——But this release does not in any way meet international standards at all–because we do not know the group that released the girls–to Daura————of DSS whom we know to be a pathological, or a clinically tested liar—Was it Shekau that the army once lied to us that was injured—and dead–that freed them-?—or the group with the backing of ISIS.-that made it possible for the girls to be released to Osibanjo—? Nobody knows–till date—————————–That is why they hurriedly arranged that fake interview with BBC—-ati the wife of Buhari to divert attention from the preying eyes of Nigerians–from the current economic hardship facing them in abi?—Well that interview sadly for us all–turned out to be a curse to the Apes in Apc–sha——————–…..

  • vagabonds in power

    Nigerian Women Would Return To The Kitchen Under Buhari — Patience Jonathan.

    Like a Prophecy, the former Nigerian First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan in one of her campaign trails warned Nigerian women that voting Buhari as the Nigerian President in the 2015 election will surely send most of them back to the kitchen..Menawhile, the ill advised President totally forgot that he was standing next to a woman who is a world leader. Here in Germany as in the rest of Europe, the issue of women’s right is a delicate one as women have come a long way fighting inequality in both society and at work place.

    Without warning, a visibly angry Mrs Merkel (the German Chancellor) quickly ended the press conference to save the President further embarrassment.

    The emancipation of women in Europe is a civil rights issue, that is why feminist groups in Germany immediately reacted to his outing as a hate speech and demanded his exit from their territory.

    A German opposition leader called for the immediate expulsion of Buhari from Germany, while a renowned German newspaper in its editorial, has this to say about our President.

    _(He is simply a dumb leader, hailed as the Messiah of Africa’s most populous democracy after winning election in 2015 His agenda of fighting corruption which was given a blessing by the West, especially former colonial master, England is very unpopular in his country as citizens are more concerned about the economic hardship and joblessness to his fight for financial recovery) Unquote ..what a shame_.

    It went ahead to say,… _when it comes to world issues, the former general has little knowledge of events of the moment and hardly articulates.The more you listen to him, the dumber you become_ -; Hard words, but written with some elements of sincerity. Germany has a woman as head of state..

  • Burning Spear

    Which organisation is more suited or well equipped to supervise and authenticate the said release of the fake Chibok girls?———–Is it not the Red Cross?—Yet them ppl in the Presidency lied to us they were involved—turned it to be a lie—— An event which did not even see the soldiers of the Dubai thief—Buratai being invited-to supervise the ceremony must be a fraud period–Even if the condition under which the girls were released entails the soldiers not being present——they must be informed——-Except Bingo BUHARI does not trust the soldiers———or sees them as moles to boko haram—————————-Why were senior citizens like Father Kukah–Alex Ekweme among others–not involved—–in the handing over ceremony—-Create a sense of believe-ability for us——But this release does not in any way meet international standards at all–because we do not know the group that released the girls–to Daura————of DSS whom we know to be a pathological, or a clinically tested liar—Was it Shekau that the army once lied to us that was injured—and dead–that freed them-?—or the group with the backing of ISIS.-that made it possible for the girls to be released to Osibanjo—? Nobody knows–till date—————————–That is why they hurriedly arranged that fake interview with BBC—-ati the wife of Buhari to divert attention from the preying eyes of Nigerians–from the current economic hardship facing them in abi?—Well that interview sadly for us all–turned out to be a curse to the Apes in Apc–sha——————–

  • ed

    Dangerous when a leader started to believe in his own lies. The Red Cross made a public statement as to the limited role they played on the 21 released chibok innocent school girls. Red Cross came on after the agreement were reached by Nigerian Northern Muslim Security control Government, came to an agreement with their kinsmen Boko Haram.
    You can Google it.
    President should stop covering our eyes with dirty wool. The deal were worked out by the two parties period.
    The release of thousands of detained Boko Haram by President Buhari unconditionally continue.
    We’re in for a very long road to nomadic herdsmen retrogressive trip.

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