President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not aware of of what his government exchanged with Boko Haram for the 21 abducted Chibok girls, adding that he would need to return from Germany to be fully briefed.
“This is what I don’t know until I go back. I said the release is on the morning I left and this is not something we will discuss on the telephone,” Mr. Buhari told German, Deutsche Welle shortly before leaving Germany.
Twenty of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 were released on Thursday even as government officials said the administration did not give Boko Haram anything in return.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, denied a report that the government released Boko Haram detainees for the girls.
“Please note that this is not a swap. It is a release,” Mr. Mohammed told reporters Thursday.
Mr. Mohammed said President Buhari assigned the State Security Service to proceed with the negotiation.
Asked if he was aware of an exchange of Boko Haram commanders for the girls as widely reported in the media.
Buhari said; “Until I go back, I will receive a formal briefing on how the negotiations went,” Mr. Buhari said. “As soon as I go back home I will find out the written confirmation of how it all went.”
Buhari returned to Abuja on Saturday after spending three days in Germany on official visit.