I won’t talk about Chibok girls again, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he was not ready to talk about the release of Chibok schoolgirls again, until the genuine leaders of Boko Haram come forward to prove the girls are in their custody.


The president, who stated this in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America during his recent visit to the United States of America, said, government will not negotiate to have the girls in piecemeal.

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”60438″]

“You should not forget that Boko Haram has killed at least 20,000 Nigerians. Chibok girls are about 230 or 220. There are some people who are calling on the government to negotiate with the captors of these girls.

“I have addressed this issue three times, and I have no intention of doing anything again until they come out to identify themselves as leaders of Boko Haram, and that they are the ones holding these girls,” he said.

Buhari maintained that for the government to consider dialogue with the terrorist group on the realise of the girls, the group should also “give location of the girls and the condition of their health, which can also be verified. This is when negotiation can take place.

“It is not feasible where one person will come out today to say he can free three of them and tomorrow another person comes forward to say he will bring out five. It is 220 that we want to see. What is their condition? We can then agree to discuss and have the girls; reunite them with their families and have them back in school.”

On the militancy in the Niger Delta region, the president said it is the militants that have the choice of whether to accept peace; else, the government will deal with them.

The president also identified judicial due process as a hindrance delaying the success of his administration’s anti-corruption agenda, saying, however, that a lot has been achieved in the area of recovery of stolen funds.

“The present circumstances completely differ with that of 1984. At that time, we rounded up all those suspected of plundering government’s money and took them to Kirikiri (prison), but now we have to carry out investigation and gather evidence to adduce before the court. This is what is delaying us.

“However, we have recovered a lot of money both in Naira and foreign currencies as well as buildings built with funds diverted from financing government projects,” he said.

The president, however, said his administration’s agenda of diversification by improving agriculture, has already started paying off.

He also urged Nigerians to ask questions on how monies earned from sales of crude oil from 1999 to 2015, were spent by successive governments, arguing that there was nothing to show for



  1. Truth talk, we can’t just be negotiating with Boko haram without a clear verification on how the chibok girls are. The leader of the Boko haram should show himself

  2. @ Kenny: Please don’t misquote me as trying to counter your points, I am just trying to air my opinion why people are really critizing APC. The criticism Buhari and APC are facing today from the masses is self inflicting. All these fact you brought to this forum are 100% correct and every enlightened Nigeria knew all of these including the APC government yet promised Nigerian citizen heaven on earth in their first year in office, to the point of promising Nigeria that 1 Dollar will exchange for 1 Naira, the unemployed and less privilege will be paid 5,000 stipend every month, free meal for public students and many more while actually they knew with these facts you started above their promises will not be possible not even in the next 8 year with the present state of the economy. If APC had told Nigerians prior to the election that they are coming to clean up the mess PDP created which was very important at the time they came on board and with time and patience the nation will began to reap the dividend, then they would have succeeded in preparing the minds of Nigerian with what is happening now. Instead they promised Nigerians things they knew they can’t achieve even in the next 8 years, now majority of Nigirians feel deceived and that is the reason for all the attacks. Even you that never had intention to contest any elective position you are knowledgable enough about these fact yet that came to power are telling Nigerians that they never knew the economy was so bad. By the help of God we shall come out of this mess.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.