Nigeria is still open to negotiating with Boko Haram to secure the release of the 209 schoolgirls who were kidnapped in April 2014 by the terrorist group, Fox News reports.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced on Wednesday that the government was ready to negotiate without preconditions if credible leadership could be identified. Other attempts made by the previous administration failed because officers were reportedly speaking to the wrong people.
Buhari acknowledged in a nationally televised press conference that there is “no firm intelligence on where those girls are physically located and what condition they are in.”
“I assure you that the cause of the Chibok girls is on our minds,” he added.
According to Fox, some Chibok officials suggested last week that Buhari had “forgotten” the girls after he announced that the nation’s military had “technically won the war” against Boko Haram. The officials pointed out that Buhari said before that the war would not be considered won until the girls were rescued.
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