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Presidential Media Chat 'No reliable intelligence on condition of Chibok girls,' Buhari says

President Muhammadu Buhari says that there is no firm intelligence on where the abducted chibok girls are and their conditions.

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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 Muhammadu Buhari says that there is no firm intelligence on where the abducted chibok girls are and their conditions.

During President Muhammadu Buhari’s his first Media Chat on Wednesday, December 30, 2016, the first one since he assumed office at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, he expressed his concerning over the still missing chibok girls.

Read: 'Chibok girls have not yet been located,' Buhari says

When the president was asked if the military or other security agencies had any informations, he said that “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, They must have dispersed them all over the place

The president explained that the federal government is ready to negotiate on the release of the girls but unfortunately the leadership of the militant group is not yet reliable.

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.

The president emphasized that the Federal Government can only negotiate with the group when the leadership of the group is known. And certainty is assured on the well being of the girls.

 “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.

Read: 15 important things President said at maiden Presidential media chat

Chibok girls were abducted from their school on the 15 April 2014 by the Boko Haram sect and since then searches and efforts have been made to find them.

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