The president who disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend, also took to his tweeter handle to drive the message further home.
Mr. President also said the government was ready to dialogue with bonafide leaders of the terror group who know the whereabouts of the girls and not waste time and resources on doubtful sources, who falsely claim to know the whereabouts of the girls.
What we will not do is waste time and resources on doubtful sources, who falsely claim to know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) August 28, 2016
Buhari, during the interview with journalists in Nairobi had said:
“If they do not want to talk to us directly, let them pick an internationally recognised Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), convince them that they are holding the girls and that they want Nigeria to release a number of Boko Haram leaders in detention, which they are supposed to know.”
The Boko Haram sect had released a video about two weeks ago which showing a camouflage-clad Boko Haram fighter addressing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in front of about 50 of the girls, all stony-faced and clad in long robes and hijabs.
Claiming that some of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago have been killed in airstrikes by Nigeria’s military, the fighter made an insurgency’s call for a prisoner swap -asking the government to release its members jailed in Lagos, Abuja and the northeastern provincial capital of Maiduguri or forget about the girls.
The Bring Back Our Girls campaigners (BBOG) had called on the President to accept the swap of the Boko Haram prisoners for the Chibok girls. The families of the girls had also recently asked the president to resign if he could not secure their release.