The presidency has responded to claims by Ahmed Salkida, a former Boko Haram negotiator, that only 15 of the 113 remaining Chiboks girls are alive.
Dubai-based Nigerian journalist made the claim on Saturday in a Twitter thread in which he gave a background to the kidnap adding that the possibility of their rescue is minimal. This is because the girls have since been married off.
The presidency in a statement released by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has given a reply.
The statement did not exactly debunk the claims as the government said the information is not known to the officials of this administration.
It added that nor do the international organisations working with it have the information shared by Salkida.
The statement read, “Following the numerous press enquiries on the information contained in the series of tweets by Mr Ahmed Salkida, 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.
“As stated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, the government is not relenting. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. They also advised not to lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfil its promise, that the girls will not be abandoned or forgotten.”