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Why Nigerian President Buhari Invited Special UN Negotiators to Rescue Chibok Girls


Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, has opened up on why President Muhammadu Buhari decided to seek the assistance of the United Nations (UN) in rescuing the Chibok schoolgirls.
 
While speaking in an interview with Channels TV on Thursday, Adesina, said the president decided to seek for help because other options did not work.
 
“The president has always stressed the fact that whatever it takes to get our girls back from the clutches of Boko Haram, the government was willing to do, and several options had been exploited, which didn’t work,” he said.

“So, he is taking it forward thinking that if the insurgents don’t have confidence in speaking to the government or its agent, maybe they will respect international agencies and cooperate with them.

“So, that was why he took it to the scribe of the United Nations.”
 
Asked if he felt the UN was capable of assisting, he said: “Well, no option can be ruled out. You agreed with me that the issue of the Chibok girls has reached a desperate level, and so no whatever can be done however desperate, as long as it brings the girls back, the government is ready to do.”
 
The president had during the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, told UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon that he would appreciative if the UN could mediate with the sect to secure the release of the girls who have been in captivity for over two years.

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