Politics Buhari Makes U-Turn, Says Boko Haram Have Not Been Defeated



President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted that Boko Haram remains undefeated until all the Chibok girls under its captivity are rescued.

Buhari said this in a letter to Pakistani child rights activist, Malala Yousafzai. This is a significant breakaway from repeated claims that the terror group have been defeated.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Information, Buhari signed the letter on January 10, 2017, as a response to an earlier letter from Ms. Yousafzai.

In the letter, he assured the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient, of the “doggedness, commitment and sincerity of the Nigeria’s Federal Government towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity”.

Signed by Segun Adeyemi, an aide to the Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, the letter said Mr. Buhari declined to “divulge the details of ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations”.

The president said “in line with his pledge that Boko Haram will not be considered defeated without the rescue of the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents, the military, the State Security Service and the other security agencies are intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remain in captivity,” the statement said.


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