President Muhammadu Buhari has told
the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, that Nigeria will welcome
intermediaries from the global body to negotiate with Boko Haram over the
release of the over 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State, over two years
Buhari’s Special Adviser, Media and
Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement on Tuesday, quoted the President as
saying this during a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe on the sidelines of
the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.
The President said the Nigerian
government was willing to bend over backwards to free the Chibok girls, who
were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, on April 14, 2014.
Buhari stated, “The challenge is in
getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with. The
split in the insurgent group is not helping matters. The government had reached
out, ready to negotiate, but it became difficult to identify credible leaders.
We will welcome intermediaries such as the UN outfits to step in.”
The BringBackOurGirls movement said
it supported Buhari’s invitation to the UN in the negotiation with Boko Haram
on the move to release the Chibok girls.