Buhari denies paying $21 million ransom for freed Chibok girls

President Buhari has debunked claims that his government paid out $21 million ransom for the release of the 21 Chibok girls.

The president described the reports making rounds as unfair and wicked.

Recall that Army sources had said Boko Haram became sophisticated after 21 Chibok girls were released.

The sources claimed the Federal government must have paid a ransom with which the terror group purchased more weapons.

A press statement released by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, conveyed the president’s angst for the reports.

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“Over the past few days, some newspaper alleged we paid $21 million for the release of Chibok girls.

“These reports are false and should be disregarded by members of the public.

“This loose talk is journalism at its most irresponsible and it’s most dismaying.

“As a responsible government that runs on budgets, we have no such money under any allocation to pay out as ransom.

“The newspaper making this charge [not this news house] should prove how and where this money was paid.

“They should also supply leads as to where the “powerful weapons” were bought by the terrorists.

“During the election campaigns, President Buhari himself expressed commitment to securing the release of Chibok girls.

“We then wonder why anyone is turning the defeat of terror and return of the missing persons against the government.

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“As at the time he came into power, Boko Haram occupied 80% of Borno, 40% of Yobe, and a significant segment of Adamawa.

“Today, the group does not control any territory.

“The government also has successfully enabled the release of 23 Chibok girls, while negotiations for the release all the rest are in progress.

“It is unfair and reckless of any medium to quote unnamed disgruntled military sources who now claim that the girls’ release has reinvigorated Boko Haram”.