President MUHAMMADU BUHARI has commended the role played by the International Committee of the Red Cross in the release of the 21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls, urging it to sustain humanitarian interest in Nigeria.
He gave the commendation during a meeting with the President of the ICRC, Mr. PETER MAURER at the State House, Abuja.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, FEMI ADESINA in a statement released to newsmen after the meeting said President BUHARI is prepared to continue talks with the Boko Haram insurgent group as long as they agree to involve international agencies like ICRC.
The President said, “We’ve seen the result of recent talks, 21 of the Chibok girls are back. The biggest problem was perhaps the issue of over 2 million internally displaced persons made up of over 60% women and children”.
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, PETER MAURER said their operation in the Lake Chad region is the second largest in the world, after Syria, noting that there are nutritional, health, and water issues in the North-east, in addition to rebuilding of infrastructure.