We Are Negotiating the Release of Leah Sharibu-Garba Shehu

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Senior special assistant to the president on media, Mallam Garba Shehu, has said that the Buhari-led administration has not given up a negotiation over the release of Leah Sharibu and Chibok girl.

The insurgents kidnapped 276 female students from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on April 14, 2014.In her newly published book titled ‘Beneath the Tamarind Tree’, Isha Sesay, a former CNN anchor, alleged that the government had forgotten the remaining kidnapped girls because they were from poor homes.

Reacting to the claims made in the book, Shehu had said the allegations were false. Although he mentioned that the author acknowledged the release from Boko Haram captivity of over 50% of the girls under the Buhari’s administration. The presidential spokesman said it was wrong for the author to have said the government did not know who to negotiate with since Boko Haram had split into different factions.

“This is a misrepresentation of the position of the government. When the government spoke on the issue, it was clear that although this split had the effect of making negotiation and agreeing a more difficult task, this country and our international partners are still engaging through third parties with the terrorists,” he said in a statement released on Monday. The cable reported.

He added that it will be unfair to blame the Buhari’s government for the inefficiencies of the previous administration led by former President Goodluck Jonathan. “no one here is giving up and we are happy that the individuals, groups and nations partnering with the administration have continued to show interest in securing the release of our daughters.” he added.


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