Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari today in Germany expressed optimism that more of the kidnapped Chibok girls will soon be freed by their captors, following more than two years of captivity. The President spoke at a joint press conference with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
“On the Chibok girls, we have been able to secure the release of 21 of them, so over 100 more are still in the hands of the terrorists somewhere in the Lake Chad Basin area which include Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.
“In getting this 21 out, we hope we will get enough intelligence to go about securing the rest of them.
“We are very grateful to the UN for their participation in trying to secure the release of these girls.
“Please don’t forget that as a result of terrorism in Nigeria, no fewer than 37,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram.
“Right now we have about 2 million people in IDP camps, 60 per cent of them are women and children and 60 per cent of those children are orphaned.
“This is a major challenge for government; we have to provide infrastructure especially for education and health, take them back to their villages and towns and reintegrate them so that they can have normal life,” he said.
President Buhari thanked the German government for their humanitarian assistance and support for Nigeria in dealing with the effects of terrorism.
Asked about his wife outbursts while speaking to BBC in an interview, the president said his wife and the opposition needed to appreciate the depth of the problems the previous administration left behind.
He also said; “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room”.