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Federal Government Discredits Ahmed Salkida’s Claims of Only 15 Surviving Chibok Girls 


Nigerian government has dismissed claims by journalist and Boko Haram negotiator, Ahmed Salkida’s that that  only 15 of the remaining 113 abducted Chibok schoolgirls in captivity of Boko Haram are still alive.

Sakilda is a Dubai based Nigerian journalist who was involved in negotiations for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls during the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

 The government discredits his disclosures in a series of tweets posted on his handle, @ContactSalkida, on Saturday.

He said the 15 surviving Chibok girls had been married off, “indoctrinated and might no longer be interested in returning home.”

However, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, has called the claims a hogwash. He debunked Salkida’s claims in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
He said: ““Following the numerous press enquiries on the information contained in the series of tweets by Mr Ahmed Salkida, we wish to reiterate that the information is not known to the officials of this administration either from the captors of the Chibok girls or the international intercessors who are working with us.

“”We wish to confirm that Mr Salkida is not involved, on behalf of the Nigerian government in the processes leading to the release of the over 100 Chibok Girls that have returned to their families, so far , and is not involved in the current processes to secure the release of those still held in captivity.’’

President Buhari had on Friday reassured the parents of the school girls, that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno, that “their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate”.

The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, noted that despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists the government would continue its efforts to ensure their safe return to their respective homes.

He joined the Borno government, parents of the children and Nigerians in commemorating the fourth anniversary of the sad incident.

He also noted that the recovery of more than 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost’”.

The President re-affirmed that the government remained focused and determined to see the girls return to their homes.

He, therefore, urged the parents to be expectant of more good news in due course.

“We are concerned and aware that it is taking long to bring the rest of our daughters back home, but be assured that this administration is doing its very best to free the girls from their captors.

“Unfortunately, the negotiations between the government and Boko Haram suffered some unexpected setbacks, owing mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks.

“We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you.

“However, this government is not relenting. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up.

”Don’t give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again. Don’t lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfill our promise of reuniting you with our daughters.

“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course,’’ the President said.

Ahmed Salkida has disclosed that attempts gave been made by the government to discredit him in the past because of his insistence to state the true state of facts. He has also in the past been declared wanted by the Nigerian army. 

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