President Muhammadu Buhari has given an insight into on-going federal government’s negotiation with the the Boko Haram insurgent group.
Buhari spoke on the negotiation while responding to questions from members of the Nigerian community in France under the auspices of Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) on Tuesday.
He revealed that one the conditions given by the group was for the Federal Government to release one of its members who has been strategic in developing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs).
But he said that the government will not accept such a demand.
” They wanted us to release one of their leaders who is a strategic person in developing and making Improvised IEDs that is causing a lot of havoc in the country by blowing people in Churches, Mosque, market places, motor parks and other places. But is very important that if we are going to talk to any body, we have to know how much he is worth.
“Let them bring all the girls and then, we will be prepared to negotiate, I will allow them to come back to Nigeria or to be absolved in the community. We have to be very careful, the concern we have for the Chibok girls, one only imagine if they got a daughter there between 14 and 18 and for more than one and a half year, a lot of the parents who have died would rather see the graves of their daughters rather the condition they imagine they are in.
“This has drawn a lot of sympathy though out the world, that is why this government is getting very hard in negotiating and getting the balance of those who are alive, ” Buhari stated