Chibok girls: Federal Government rekindles hope

Chika Eze, Abuja

Vice President Yemi Osibanjo has said that the issue of the rescue of the Chibok girls has been of great concern to President Muhammadu Buhari adding that all hands are on deck to ensure a timely rescue of the abducted Chibok School girls  who were kidnapped from their school in Chibok two years ago by the boko haram insurgents.

“The President in particular  has always  been concerned  about  the rescue of the  Chibok girls. How can we get this thing done and done quickly pervades every single Security Council meeting” He said.

The issue of the rescue of the abducted Chibok school girls has continued to be on the front burner two years after the incident, but this year,  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo rekindled hope of the possibility of the Military to rescue the 217 school girls kidnapped by them insurgents adding that every rescue attempt should be done with the safety the girls in mind.

“Every rescue attempt must take into consideration the safety of those girls. With regular updates from our security institutions and the Military and their commitment to it, we will be able to bring back  those girls” Osinbajo added.

Vice President Osibanjo said that among other issues to be dealt with in the north- east, poverty and corruption are topmost.

The Minister of Interior in Nigeria, Abdulrahman  Dambazau said the incident of the Chibok school girls abduction was a test of the strength of  the security institutions . He emphasized that the intelligence community must strengthen their institutions to enable prompt interventions in such cases.

“I think the whole issue of Chibok girls was a test of the strength of our security institutions” he said.Dr Remi Oyewumi representing the National Security Adviser retired   Major General Abbagana Mohammed Mongonu, while addressing the participants says that the government is committed to tackling insurgency and the rescue of the Chibok girls appealing the media to exercise caution in reporting the issue of Chibok girls advising them to spare a thought for the parents of the girls and the trauma they are passing through.

“Government has shown commitment to tackling the boko haram  and the Armed forces  have  been able to dislodge  the insurgents . Government is also committed to locating the whereabouts of the Chibok girls . The security agents have stepped up their search and rescue operations,” he maintained

The media roundtable was organized in honor of the Chibok school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Chibok town two years ago.

The Nigerian Government says it has provided about five hundred billion naira in this year’s budget for socio- economic intervention to the very poor and vulnerable  people in conflict areas in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this at a media  roundtable on vulnerable people in insurgency and other conflicts in Nigeria held in Abuja the nation’s capital.

Vice President Osinbajo says the intervention, which is  assisted by the World Bank and the Bill-Gates foundation, will serve as a direct government intervention in the lives of victims of conflict.

“One of our chief concerns is the social intervention which has been provided for in the budget. About N500bn has been provided  for  social intervention including  conditional cash transfers and other loans” Vice President said.