Chibok girls: Presidency urges more support

Ben Adam Shemang

The Presidency has appealed to the officials and members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group, not to waver in their support for the government in the war against terrorism and in the ongoing effort to free all Nigerian citizens taken captive by the boko haram terrorist group.

This is sequel to allegations by the organizers that the Federal government has abandoned the search for the girls.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu says government will not abandon the girls.

He said that  the past one year has seen the Nigerian military step up bombardment of the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of the terrorist group, leading to the capture of hundreds of insurgents.

“Also, records from the Army show the rescue of no fewer than 15,000 captives, mostly women and children from the terrorists from February to date. In addition, dozens of communities that were previously under the control of the terrorists have been liberated, allowing thousands of previously displaced citizens to return home and resume their normal lives”, he added.

Along  these ongoing efforts to rid our country of terrorists and terrorism, the Presidential aide said “the Nigerian government is focused on the welfare and rehabilitation of rescued Nigerians, many of whom were found in a state of severe malnutrition and illness.”

The Federal Government says its focus has always been to free the Chibok girls alive and unharmed “and is open to renew cooperation with the BBOG group, international bodies, religious groups, social workers, and all others who are assisting in the field to ensure that those who have so far been rescued from boko haram captivity are given the support they need to make a full recovery and be reintegrated fully into society”, says the presidency.