President Buhari seeks UN’s help on release of Chibok Girls and loots repatriation
President Muhammadu Buhari has invited the United Nations to negotiate with Boko Haram to end their seven-year Islamist insurgency and secure the release of the more than two hundred schoolgirls abducted from Chibok.
The President said he is willing to swap Boko Haram fighters in custody for the girls, but added that it is difficult to know who within Boko Haram after splits in its leadership emerged this year. President Buhari was speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
He thanks Ban Ki-moon for the moral and material supports given to Nigeria which, he acknowledged, have enabled the country surmount many of the challenges facing her.
President Buhari also calls on the UN to “remain vocal and active” in addressing the negative impact of non-repatriation of illicit financial assets on their countries of origin. He said illicit financial assets stashed abroad deprive developing countries, including Nigeria, and invariably deny people the enjoyment of their national wealth and resources needed for development.
Responding, the UN Secretary General congratulated President Buhari on the anti-corruption war. He, however, urged that human rights be upheld always in order to prevent a repeat of the scenario being witnessed in Syria.