Nigeria’s Buhari Willing To Negotiate With Boko Haram For Release Of Schoolgirls

New Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari told CNN that he is negotiating with Boko Haram for the release of 200 schoolgirls captured by the militant group in the village of Chibok. The girls haven’t been officially seen since May 2014, when Boko Haram released a video of 130 of the girls standing in a circle and reciting the Qu’ran, although witnesses reported in June 2015 that they had seen some of the girls being used to terrorize other captives and carry out killings. The Chibok girls are part of a total of 2000 girls and women who have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014.

In the last several weeks, Buhari has replaced his military chiefs, moved the military headquarters to the northeast region of Nigeria that has been hit hardest by the Boko Haram insurgency, and is organizing internationally to fight Boko Haram by the end of July. The U.S. has dedicated $5 million to aid Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram since Buhari was elected in March.

Previous attempts to negotiate for the girls’ release have failed. Buhari reported that the Nigerian government is being extremely careful about the credibility of the parties they’re negotiating with, saying, “Our main objective as a government is to secure these girls safe and safe.”

 

[BBC (1), (2)]

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