President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed on Friday that some Nigerian fraudsters “have been asking the Federal Government for money to negotiate the release of the (Chibok) girls” but he will not fall for their antics.
The President, who was receiving the Primate and Archbishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), said his administration “will continue to insist on a thorough authentication of the identities and bona fides of any persons or groups claiming to have custody of the girls before entering into negotiations with them”.
He assured the Anglican Bishops of his steadfast commitment to the rescue of the Chibok Girls, saying that their safe return will be one of his greatest fulfillments in office as President, according to a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Mr. Adesina said President Buhari also assured the clerics that the Federal Government will give maximum attention to the clean-up of Ogoniland which was launched yesterday.
‘‘We inherited the United Nations Environmental Project report from the previous administration. We decided it needed urgent attention, in spite of the economic crunch because of our concern for the welfare and environmental comfort of the people of Ogoniland,’’ he said.
The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Nicholas Okoh in return pledged the support of the church in helping the Federal Government achieve its objectives of improving security and the welfare of Nigerians, Mr. Adesina said.
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