Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, says leaders of the Islamic State-allied faction of Boko Haram that released 21 of the abducted Chibok school girls, is willing to negotiate the release of 83 more of the girls. In an interview with Reuters yesterday, Garba said
“These 21 released girls are supposed to be tale bearers to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls. The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them”.
Shehu added that the Federal government is prepared to negotiate with any faction of Boko Haram.
The Islamic State-allied splinter group said the rest of the kidnapped Chibok girls were with a faction of Boko Haram that is under the control of figurehead Abubakar Shekau.