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US to reject ransom payment for Chibok girls

09 November 2015, 17:14

Abuja - A former United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, has said that the US would not support any attempt by the Federal Government to offer money to Boko Haram in exchange for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, Punch reports.

Carrington, however noted that the US will not oppose President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to negotiate with Boko Haram.

He added Boko Haram is not as ideological as the IS despite its publicly declaring allegiance to the Islamic State.

Also read: US condemns use of girls in suicide attacks

He said Boko Haram is much more susceptible to being defeated or at least degraded and curtailed by the military might than is IS in the Middle-East and does not represent a view of the majority in the North-East of the country otherwise they would not be resorting to the kind of violence like they have been doing.

Meanwhile, the US has condemned the recent “horrific and indiscriminate” attacks at the Jambutu Mosque in Yola, Adamawa State, the Central Mosque of Polo Ward in Maiduguri, Borno State, and other locations in Maiduguri.

Read more at Punch

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