Saturday, October 17, 2015

Whether We Defeat Boko Haram or Not, I Won't Resign by December - President Buhari

 In an interview with Al Jazeera, President Buhari says he would make a deal with armed group for the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

During a chat with Al Jazeera’s Up Front programme, President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his pledge to route out Boko Haram insurgents by the end of this year, but declared that he will not resign from office if the promise is not achieved as he would rather 'stay and fight it out.'
The president expressed his readiness to negotiate with the insurgents to secure the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, but noted that "They have to prove to us that they are alive, they are well, and then we can negotiate with them. We said it and we meant it. If we are satisfied that the girls are alive," he added.
When asked if he would offer financial payments or release a prisoner to Boko Haram in return for the girls, he said; "It depends on the negotiations with the leadership of Boko Haram."
While restating the resolve of his government to defeat Boko Haram by the end of 2015, the President said; "As soon as the rainy season comes (to an end), which is by the end of the year. Boko Haram will virtually be out of their main stronghold and that will be the end of it.  Attacks by Boko Haram on townships, on military installations, will certainly stop."
He went on to deny seeing the Amnesty International report from June 2015, 'Nigeria: Stars on their shoulders: Blood on their hands', in which the human-rights group documented abuses, torture and unlawful killings by the Nigerian armed forces and urged the government to prosecute a group of officers and senior commanders. 
"I haven’t received that report personally. If I get those documents… I assure you that I will take action as Commander in Chief."
Speaking on the statement credited to him in the past where he expressed for 'the total implementation of the sharia in the country,' Buhari pointed out that "Nigerian law does not allow for so-called sharia punishments, such as stonings and amputations", adding, "I cannot change it. I haven’t been voted by [a] majority of Nigerians to change Nigerian constitution."
On his record as a military dictator in the mid-1980s, and the alleged human-rights abuses which occurred under his watch, he said: "If there is any injustice that can be proved against me when I was there, I will gladly apologize."

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