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President Buhari invites UN as negotiator for Chibok Girls swap

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria would welcome intermediaries from the United Nations as a show of commitment, to swapping the abducted Chibok girls with Boko Haram fighters in custody.

President Buhari told the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina the President said the challenge is in getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with stressing that the split in the insurgent group has not helped matters.

The President reiterated that the teachings of Boko Haram were far from being Islamic, as neither Islam, nor any other religion, advocates hurting the weak and innocent.

He thanked UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for the moral and material support given to Nigeria, which has enabled the country surmount many of the challenges facing her.

In his response, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, congratulated President Buhari on the anti-corruption war describing President Buhari as highly respected by world leaders, including myself.

He said the UN recognized the achievements of the Buhari administration against Boko Haram, urging that human rights be upheld always, to prevent a repeat of the scenario being witnessed in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon also thanked the Nigerian leader for his commitment to issues on climate change.



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