Buhari admits Boko Haram not defeated until Chibok girls, others are rescued

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
Photo credit: Aljazeera
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari
Photo credit: Aljazeera

President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted his government will not proclaim victory over the extremist group, Boko Haram, until all the kidnapped Chibok school girls are rescued.

The president said this in a letter he wrote to Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai, in which he offered explanations about the ongoing efforts to rescue the kidnapped girls.

A statement from the Ministry of Information said Mr. Buhari signed the letter on January 10, 2017, as a response to an earlier letter he received from Ms. Yousafzai.

In the letter, Mr. Buhari assured Ms. Yousafzai, who is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, of the “doggedness, commitment and sincerity of the Nigeria’s Federal Government towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity”.

But the statement, signed by Segun Adeyemi, an aide to the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, said Mr. Buhari declined to “divulge the details of ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations”.

The president said “in line with his pledge that Boko Haram will not be considered defeated without the rescue of the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents, the military, the State Security Service and the other security agencies are intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remain in captivity,” the statement said.

The reassurance is a notable breakaway from Mr. Buhari’s frequent declarations that the insurgents have been finally defeated.

One of such comments came when he delivered his Independence Day speech on October 1, 2016.

“On Security, we have made progress. Boko Haram was defeated by last December – only resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets, killing innocent men, women and children,” Mr. Buhari said on that day.

In his letter to Ms. Yousafzai, the president also touched on the welfare of the 21 Chibok girls who regained their freedom on October 12, 2016, saying the government had taken over the responsibility for their personal, educational and professional goals and ambitions in life.

”They are being given comprehensive medical, nutritional and psychological care and support, and anyone who has seen them in recent times will attest to the fact that their reintegration back to the society is progressing well. The Federal Government believes that it is not too late for the girls to go back to school, and everything will be done to ensure that they continue the pursuit of their studies,” he said.

Mr. Buhari commended Ms. Malala for her continuing caring disposition towards the release of the girls who remain in captivity, and the welfare of the girls who have regained their freedom, adding: ”There is no better example of the fact that we are all linked by our common humanity”.


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  • APC Watch

    EDITOR SIR,

    President Buhari fails on the job not so much for lack of knowledge as his appointing likely the worst information and communications team in Nigeria’s history. When Buhari plagiarized Barack Obama’s speech inanely few months ago Nigerians thought it was a one-off national disgrace. But ever since, the same inability to communicate truthfully and convincingly has brought the Buhari government low to nearly become a laughing stock.

    English is quite a complicated language, agreed, but with Special Assistant and Special Adviser on the Media, and,
    with a Minister for Information as triad, President Buhari’s presidency’s communication ability has not become better,
    but worse. The trio of media aides whom President Buhari appointed at outset did more damage to his presidency,
    to make it look childish, directionless, bereft and almost retarded administration, than wholesale damage Buhari did
    to himself in Germany by consigning his wife before television cameras to the kitchen, as a mere cook.

    • Omo Eleniyan 2

      LAI MUHAMMED is too local to be appointed

      a Minister for Information because he’s too local to speak even for a local government

      and shouldn’t have been pitchforked to a job above his head for which he has no knowledge,

      no self-confidence, no moral compass, no prudence, no insight, and no sense of right and wrong.

      • princegab

        And you sure?

        • dele20

          Don’t mind the guy jare, omo eleniyan 2 is drunk, he just posted trash

      • dele20

        Lai Muhammad is really competent and irreplaceable, our minister for information is working great every night and day, he is knowledgeable, innovative, creative, sensible, sacrificial and committed. Kudos to HMIC

    • ZebraCrosser

      @aryloyds:disqus

      BUHARI is his own undoing. He started out with a potential of 100% chance of success but messed it up,
      all by himself by making arbitrary decisions based on Islam and northern region’s interest. From then on,
      the rest of the world moved back for not liking the Buhari bigotry, and began to see Buhari as a polarizer
      who has further deepened the economic mess in Nigeria for making decisions without care for rationality,
      and for making personnel decision on majorly ethno-religious basis that Nigeria wholly collapsed in effect.

    • No-Comment

      “In the President, in whom much hope was invested and misery
      was reaped, the man died. In the President, who made promises of alleviating
      poverty during campaign but rather exacerbates the level of hunger in the land,
      the man died. In the President who promised to declare his assets but goes to
      odious lengths to explain why he could not do it any longer, the man died. In
      the President who promised to reduce the cost of petrol but ended up increasing
      it astronomically, the man died. In the President who promised to increase the
      value of our Naira but rather devalued it beyond recognition, the man died”.

      ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

      (January 3rd, 2017)

      • aboki

        You may not be in Nigeria when Nigeria was selling CRUDE OIL at the rate OF over $100 per barrel. What happened with the money?
        You may not be in Nigeria when 14 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS are fully controlled by BOKO HARAM.
        You may not know the economic implications of a nation with monolithic economy like Nigeria and the DESTRUCTION being carried on it.
        Historically someone has categorically stated that stealing is not corruption
        A nation currency is worthless in the International Market when a nation is 100% dependent on foreign GOODS and SERVICES including importation of tooth pick.
        You may wish to observe the non challant attitude of STATES in aalleviating the suffering of their people despite the BAIL OUT FUNDS ALLOCATED TO them as categorical in the constitution of FRof Nigeria.
        Conduct a reconnaissance survey on number of industries with 5 thousands work forced around.
        The wake up call on Nigerians and diversification programs initiated by the present Government should supported by all and sundry.

    • princegab

      Hijackers prowling bro, blame the President

  • AryLoyds

    Buhari is Clueless ! Case Closed .

    • dele20

      You are totally wrong, PMB has clue and has taken successful steps in rescuing the Chikbok girls, though the previous administration found such steps difficult to take

  • Solomon Brown

    As an elected official, you have got to pick a position and stick by it. Shifting on positions or comments you have made in the past, only reinforces the belief that this government isn’t a serious one. Which is it Mr President, have you defeated the terrorist group or not? It is important you convey to the citizens of your country and the international community, what the actual SITREP is, otherwise the foreign investors who will help jump start the economy, will always have cold feet about the security situation, also no right thinking individual tries to collect their water in a basket.

    • Otile

      Don’t ask him whether he has defeated the terrorists or not. There is no good answer to that question. The fighters are devout Muslims, there is no way you can defeat them in a religious war; if they kill you they have great rewards in paradise, if they kill you they have greater rewards. Either way they have nothing to lose.

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  • dele20

    PMB has done great in rescuing chikbok girls, kudos to BUHARI, this administration has fought corruption in a great length and also gone against insecurity. God is really taking control, God bless Nigeria.