buhariJUST AS Nigerians are worried
that the Boko Haram terrorists
have continued to unleash
mayhem on innocent Nigerians,
even going beyond the fringes of
the North East with fresh attacks
even in the nation’s capital,
President Muhammadu Buhari
has hinted that a defeat of the
group wasn’t imminent.
In what many have described
as acceptance of defeat, and
further dampening of the
hopes of Nigerians, President
Muhammadu Buhari said
yesterday that he will not resign
even if he is unable to fulfil his
promise of defeating Boko Haram
by December.
Buhari, who was speaking in an
exclusive interview with Mehdi
Hasan on Al Jazeera English’s
“Upfront”, said he would instead
be determined to stay on and
fight it out.
In the interview, which won’t
be aired until Friday night, the
president also reiterated his
willingness to do a deal with Boko
Haram to free the kidnapped
Chibok girls on the condition that
the true leaders of the sect are the
ones to be dialogued with.
“We said it and we meant it.
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 said.
On whether he would offer
financial payments, or concede to
a prisoner release deal with Boko
Haram in return for the abducted
girls, he responded: “Well, it
depends on the negotiations with
the leadership of Boko Haram.”
He however expressed
assurance that Boko Haram will
be defeated by the end of 2015,
saying: “As soon as the rainy
season comes, 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.”

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