ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari has said that government does not have enough intelligence on the whereabouts or safety of over 200 Chibok girls that are still under Boko Haram captivity for almost two years now.
Buhari disclosed this Wednesday evening during the maiden presidential media chat at the State House, Abuja.
He said that government was making effort to rescue the Chibok girls but wants to make sure they are negotiating with credible leaders of Boko Haram.
He said the government is keeping the options open with Boko Haram on the Chibok girls on the condition that they can guarantee that the girls are safe and alive.
The President the military has combed the Sambisa Forest without any hint about the girls, which he suspected might have been dispersed to various locations.
He said: “I think this about the high time I am going to talk about the Chibok girls. There was a time the leadership of Boko Haram made contact with us but we insisted that we want to ensure we are speaking with credible leaders of the group. Number two is that we want to make sure that the Chibok girls, I think about 219 of them are safe, secure and alive.
“We are still keeping options open with Boko Haram on the condition that they have credible leadership and have the Chibok girls. We have combed the Sambisa Forest but there were no Chibok girls there. I said we are looking for credible Boko Haram leadership that the girls are safe and alive.
“For now there is no current information and I am working with Niger, Chad and Cameroun, especially on humanitarian basis. To be honest with you there is no credible intelligence that the Chibok girls are alive and in one place.”