West & Central Africa

Buhari asks UN to help negotiate with Boko Haram 

President Buhari as asked the United Nations to help negotiations with Boko Haram to release 200 girls held by Boko Haram.

“We will welcome intermediaries such as UN outfits to step in,” he is said to have told UN Secretary General at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Wednesday.

The Nigerian President has been frustrated in his effort to release the 257 school girls abducted by Boko Haram in their school in Chibok in April 2014.

The President vowed at the time to free the girls. His campaign promise when he came to power was: “We will not buhari and Banallow anyone, under any guise, whether it is politics, culture or religion to violate life or property of another citizen. This is the oath to which I swore and I will uphold it at all cost.”

His efforts at stopping the Jihadist threat has been frustrated by corruption within the Army and lack of intelligence in the North-east to locate and free the thousands of women abducted by Boko Haram including the school girls.

In the past year, the Nigerian government claimed it had tried twice to negotiate the release of the school girls with Boko Haram.

Earlier this week, the Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, entered into a public row with the high profile, ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign group when he said they would never again be allowed into the presidential villa. He said: “You are making this thing appear as if I am the one detaining those girls. I am not detaining them. You are only going to protest to me if I am the one detaining them.”