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Nigeria ready to negotiate with Boko Haram to release kidnapped girls

Boko Haram seized the girls from their dormitories in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014.

A woman holds up a poster as members of the Young Communist League hand over a memorandum, about the missing Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by militant group Boko Haram, at the Nigerian high commission in Pretoria on 19 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

LAGOS - Nigeria's government is prepared to negotiate with Islamist militant group Boko Haram to secure the release of around 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last year, if credible leaders are identified, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday.

"We are prepared to negotiate with them without any preconditions," Buhari told journalists in a televised interview.

Boko Haram seized the girls from their dormitories in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, sparking international outrage.

He said there was no firm intelligence on the whereabouts of the girls or whether they are still alive.