President Muhammadu Buhari says government is doing its best to secure the release of the Chibok Girls from the captors.
The assurance came as Nigeria marks the 3rd anniversary of the abduction of over 200 girls from the Government Secondary school, Chibok, Borno State.
President Buhari says,“Our intelligence and security forces, who have aptly demonstrated their competence are equal to the task and absolutely committed to the efforts to find and return the School girls and others abducted by the boko haram sect. Like I have repeatedly said, the Nigerian government is willing to bend over backwards to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. We have reached out to their captors, through local and international intermediaries and we are ever ready to do everything within our means to ensure their safe release,” he explained.
Expressing delight at the return of 24 of the girls so far, President Buhari assured Nigerians that negotiations were on for the release of the remaining girls.
“As a parent, I am eternally grateful to God that some of the girls were found alive and have been reunited with their families…Furthermore, Government is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed,” President Buhari promised.
He thanked the parents of the girls for being patient all this while and urged them not to lose hope because their daughters would be found.
“My special appreciation goes to the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and waiting for the return of their children. I feel what you feel. Your children are my children. On this solemn occasion, my appeal is that we must not lose hope on the return of our remaining schoolgirls,” the president said.
President Buhari also thanked the neighbouring countries-Lake Chad Basin countries, friendly nations and the International community for their support for Nigeria, as it strives to re-unite the abductees with their families.
He pledged that his administration would reverse the ugly situation caused by the boko haram menace, which constituted a threat to the sovereignty of Nigeria.