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Chibok Girls ‘We’re negotiating for missing girls’ release,’ Lai Mohammed says

Mohammed made the disclosure while speaking to CNN on the new video of the Chibok girls which was sent by Boko Haram and obtained by the network.

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Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has said that the government is negotiating with Boko Haram to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls.

Mohammed made the disclosure while speaking to CNN on the new video of the Chibok girls which was sent by Boko Haram and obtained by the network.

“There are ongoing talks. We cannot ignore leads but of course many of these investigations cannot be disclosed openly because it could also endanger the negotiations,” CNN quoted the minister as saying.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier said that his administration could not rule out the possibility of negotiating with Boko Haram for the Chibok girls’ release.

“We have to be very careful about the credibility of various Boko Haram leadership coming up and claiming that they can deliver. We have to be very careful indeed and we are taking our time because we want to bring them safe back to their parents and their school,” he said on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during an interview on CNN with Christiane Amanpour.

When asked if he was against negotiating with Boko Haram, he said:

“I cannot be against it because as I told you our main objective as a government is to rescue those girls back to their schools and rehabilitate them back to normal sight. If we are convinced that the leadership that presented itself can deliver those girls safe and should, we will be prepared to negotiate what they want.”

Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina had earlier said that the government would negotiate with the terrorists if necessary but it would do so from a position of strength.

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Watch Buhari speaking on Chibok girls below:

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