The Presidency has distanced itself from information dished out by one Ahmed Salkida on the issue of remaining Chibok girls in the Boko Haram’s captive.
Reacting to the information contained in the series of tweets by Ahmed Salkida, the senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said: “we wish to reiterate that the information is not known to the officials of this administration either from the captors of the Chibok girls or the international intercessors who are working with us.
“We wish to confirm that Mr. Salkida is not involved, on behalf of the Nigerian government in the processes leading to the release of the over 100 Chibok girls that have returned to their families, so far , and is not involved in the current processes to secure the release of those still held in captivity.
“If there is any information he has concerning the remainder of those girls, he has, up till this moment not approached the government Nigeria with it. All press enquirers on the subject should, therefore, be directed to Mr. Salkida.
“The facts as known to our officials and the international contacts assisting this process are that the remaining Chibok Girls are there and we are not relenting on getting their release.”
Garba Shehu referred to the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari, which he made on Friday that the government is not relenting in getting the remaining Chibok girls back.
“We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. They are also advised not to lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfill its promise, that the girls will not be abandoned or forgotten.”
Ahmed Salkida was quoted as saying that over 80 of the remaining Chibok girls had died in the hands of the Boko Haram captors.