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Presidential Media Chat 'Chibok girls have not yet been located,' Buhari says

The President also said that Nigeria is working hand in hand with neighbouring countries to ensure it secures the release of the girls.

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President Muhammadu Buhari answer questions from journalists at the maiden presidential media chat. play

President Muhammadu Buhari answer questions from journalists at the maiden presidential media chat.

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President Buhari has revealed that there no reliable intelligence on the whereabout of the Chibok girls.

Buhari said this, while answering questions during his maiden media chat on Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

Channels Television reports that Mr. President said “There has been no firm intelligence where those girls are physical are and what condition they are in.

“What we believe from our intelligence, they kept on shifting them around so that they are not taken by surprise and get them (the Chibok girls) freed.”

The President also said that Nigeria is working hand in hand with neighbouring countries to ensure it secures the release of the girls.

Buhari said "We are looking for a credible Boko Haram leadership that will convince us that the girls are alive. If any Boko Haram just comes out and say he is a leader and that he knows where the Chibok girls are, we cannot automatically believe him.

“We are still keeping our option open that if a credible leadership of Boko Haram can be established and they tell us where those girls are, we are prepared to negotiate with them without any condition.”

Adding that “Some (perceived) leaders of Boko Haram wanted to make contact but we insisted on establishing the bonafide of the ‘so called Boko Haram leadership’ before we can agree to negotiate with them on what terms will they release the girls to us so that we can take them to their parents and back to their school.

“We want to be sure that they are complete (209 I think) and that they are safe and sound, but what we have so far by attacking some of the locations, no Chibok girl has been recovered. They must have dispersed them all over the place."

In April 2014, over 200 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State.

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