Nigeria ready to negotiate with Boko Haram
Dec 31, Abuja: Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he is ready to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of more than 200 girls kidnapped in April last year, media reports said.
Boko Haram abducted the girls from dormitories in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014.
According to Al Jazeera news report, in a televised press conference on Wednesday, Buhari said that if the armed group could identify a credible leadership then the Nigerian government was "prepared to negotiate with them without any preconditions".
Buhari, who was sworn in as president in May, said that there is "no firm intelligence on where those girls are physically located and what condition they are in".
Nigerian troops have clawed territory back from Boko Haram in recent months, and last week Buhari announced that the military had "technically won the war" against the armed group.
Hundreds of captives have been freed in recent months, but no Chibok girls were among them.
The Oslo Times