President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that he is unaware of what his government exchanged with terror group Boko Haram for the release of the 21 abducted Chibok girls – adding that he would need to return to Nigeria to be fully briefed.
In an interview with German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, President Buhari said:
“This is what I don’t know until I go back. I said the release is on the morning I left and this is not something we will discuss on the telephone.”
He added: “Until I go back, I will receive a formal briefing on how the negotiations went. As soon as I go back home I will find out the written confirmation of how it all went.”
While Nigerians celebrated the release of the schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno state, controversies have continued to trail the method in which the girls were exchanged with the ferocious Islamic sect.
Some sources allege that the federal government exchanged high profile Boko Haram prisoners for them, an allegation the government swiftly denied.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, while denying a report that the government released Boko Haram detainees for the girls on Thursday, said: “Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release.”
Mr. Mohammed said President Buhari assigned the State Security Service to proceed with the negotiation and credited the release to “painstaking negotiations and trust on both sides”.