The Nigerian government today issued a statement stating that negotiations are going on regarding Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April 2014. The statement issued by Nigeria's information minister, Lai Mohammed follows a fresh release of a video by Boko Haram militants showing some of the girls in captivity. The shocking video ended with a footage of what the militants claimed was an aerial attack by the Nigerian military that led to the death of some of the abducted girls.

 

 See full statement by the Federal Government below:

The Federal Government is doing everything possible to secure the release of the Chibok girls and put an end to the horrible saga of their abduction.


Reacting to the latest video of some of the girls, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that the government is in touch with those purportedly behind the video.

''We are on top of the situation. But we are being extremely careful because the situation has been compounded by the split in the leadership of Boko Haram. We are also being guided by the need to ensure the safety of
the girls.

''Since this is not the first time we have been contacted over the issue, we want to be doubly sure that those we are in touch with are who they claim to be,'' he said.

Alhaji Mohammed expressed the hope that the latest development will signal the beginning of the end of the nightmare to which the girls, their families and indeed all Nigerians have been subjected since the unfortunate abduction.

Segun Adeyemi
SA to Hon Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
Aug,. 14th 2016

Nigeria's Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed

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