Chibok girls: ‘We can’t pay N10bn ransom unless we know who’s asking’

Chibok girls: ‘We can’t pay N10bn ransom unless we know who’s asking’

The Minister of Information and Culture,
Lai Mohammed has reacted to recent
reports that Islamic terrorist sect, Boko
Haram was demanding N10 billion for the
release of the kidnapped Chibok girls.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday,
Mohammed expressed doubts over the
reports, noting that the Nigerian
government had gone through such before
and cannot act unless authenticity is

Again, the minister stated that the federal
government has not forgotten the girls and
still intends to rescue them and bring the
terrorist to their knees.

“It appears we have several versions of this
report. The one that we heard was from a
source that (Boko Haram) wants to release
10 of these girls for 1 million euros.”

“But the most important thing is that we’ve
gone through this route before, and until
and when we establish the credibility of this
source and the truth behind it, the
government will not be in a hurry to make a
statement. However, government is using
its own channels to authenticate the
credibility of this source.”

Speaking on the readiness of the incumbent
administration to rescue the girls, the
minister stated that: “No day passes without
the issue of the kidnapped girls not being at
the front burner. But these are highly
security and intelligence issues, which
cannot always be discussed openly.”

“But I can assure you that for this
government, the return of these girls is
what is going to bring the final closure on
the Boko Haram terrorism and we are
working very hard, daily on it.”

“Those who say that are being very unfair to
us. We inherited a very bad situation where
the trail had gone cold, despite that every
day we send out reports, we receive
[information] some of them are phony,
some of them are just there to excoriate

“But the truth of the matter is that it’s not a
matter that the government is taking lightly.
Those who want a daily report on what we
are doing, of course in security that does
not happen. But we have channels of
information in which we make available on
a need-to-know basis.”

“What we have today is cowardly attacks on
soft targets. … And Nigeria has moved on
from that and we are now concentrating
very much on the rehabilitation,
resettlement of those who are displaced.
And I think the fact that one of the most
wanted persons all over the world was
captured without even firing a shot last
week. … I think, is evidence so far of
Nigeria’s success in dealing with terrorism.”

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