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    Chibok Girls: We Have Negotiated Thrice With Boko Haram – FG

    The Federal Government on Friday admitted that it has negotiated thrice with Boko Haram on how to swap the abducted 215 Chibok girls with some commanders of the insurgents.

    The three negotiations were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari between July and December 2015.

    The government however said the talks broke down because of cracks within Boko Haram and some difficult demands made by the sect.

    He said the demands of Boko Haram included the release of their fighters arrested, especially some involved in major terrorist actions, resulting in several fatalities, and others who were experts in manufacture of locally assembled explosives.

    But the government said it has not foreclosed negotiation in order to secure the release of the Chibok girls.

    The Minister of Information, Alh. Lai Mohammed gave insights into what the government has done at a special briefing in Abuja.

    He said because of competing interests and unnecessary rivalries, nothing was achieved by the immediate past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan before the 2015 handover date.

    He said following leads from some international bodies and countries relevant security agencies were able to strike a chord which made the Buhari administration to open talks with Boko Haram.

    He was however silent on the leaders of Boko Haram who the Federal Government discussed with in order “not to jeopardize negotiation.”

    But he said the efforts were coordinated by the Department of State Security Services (DSS) in conjunction with other intelligence agencies.

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