83 More Chibok Girls Set to be Released-Presidency

By Ikenga Chronicles October 17, 2016

83 More Chibok Girls Set to be Released-Presidency

The presidency has on Sunday October 16 disclosed that the factional Leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau is ready to release more of the 83 Chibok Girls in his camp.

Recall that Boko Haram has apparently split into at least two factions. One is believed to be controlled by the elusive leader, Shekau, and another by Musab al-Barnawi, who is said to be the son of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.

The Presidency who spoke through the President Muhammadu Buhari media aide, Garba Shehu in an exclusive interview with Reuters Foundation days after the release of 21 abducted girls said leaders of the Islamic State-affiliated group assured the Buhari administration their faction held the girls.

“These 21 released girls are supposed to be tale bearers to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls,” Shehu said.

“The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them.”

President Buhari has repeatedly said he would be willing to negotiate with the group if its genuine leaders are identified.

The Boko Haram faction said the remaining kidnapped Chibok girls were with another faction of the sect controlled by Shekau, Reuters Foundation quoted Shehu as saying.

Meanwhile the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has consistently denied reports that the government had swapped captured Boko Haram fighters for their release and said he was not aware if any ransom had been paid.

Buhari said in Germany he was not informed of what the government traded for the girls.

He said he would receive full briefing after arriving in Nigeria this week.

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