President Muhammadu Buhari has said the FG will only continue negotiations with Boko Haram if the Red Cross remains involved.
In a recent statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari made this known while commending the role played by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the release of the 21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
“As long as they (Boko Haram) agree to involve international agencies like ICRC. We’ve seen the result of recent talks, 21 of the Chibok girls are back,” the President said
Buhari, who who met with the President of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer, however said the biggest problem was perhaps the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs).
“There were over 2 million of IDPs, made up of over 60% women and children. About 60% of the children don’t know their parents, or where they come from. It is weighing heavily on government,” the statement noted.
In April 2014, over 200 students were kidnapped by the Boko Haram from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State while several others were displaced as a result of continued violence.