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Jonathan denies negotiating with fake Boko Haram

02 February 2016, 10:10

Abuja - Former President Goodluck Jonathan has denied negotiating with Boko Haram members in order to free the abducted Chibok school girls, reports Vanguard.

Jonathan was reacting to claims by President Muhamadu Buhari that the last administration negotiated with fake leaders of the Boko Haram sect in its bid to secure the release of over 200 girls abducted in their school in Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

Buhari through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said that in the process of negotiating with the fake sect leaders, the Federal Government under Jonathan was swindled millions of dollars before it realised that it had been deceived.

Also read: Presidency claims Jonathan met with fake Boko Haram leaders

Jonathan, who spoke in Geneva, Switzerland, said his government never set up a team to negotiate with Boko Haram. 

He stated that his government only set up a committee  of senior people in the states affected by the Boko Haram to hold conversations with all stakeholders including community leaders, religious leaders and all other interest groups.

Jonathan said the mandate of the committee was to hold conversations with these groups towards finding a local solution to the Boko haram problem.

He said there was never a time his administration negotiated with Boko Haram.

He stated that the issue is being politicized, noting that it was wrong for people to play politics with very serious national issues.

He added that the only group that he negotiated with, which started when he was  a deputy governor, was the Niger-Delta militants.

Read more at Vanguard.

- News 24


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