President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the federal government and security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted from their hostel in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents exactly two years ago today.
In a statement issued Thursday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president said that he shared the pains of the Chibok girls’ parents.
The statement quoted President Buhari as assuring parents and relations of the schoolgirls that he frequently reflects on the ordeal of the captives in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists and shares the pain of their continued absence from home.
Buhari said he continues to believe that with the total commitment of the federal government and the security agencies as well as the support of the international community, the girls would be eventually rescued.
“On the second anniversary of the kidnap of the girls, President Buhari affirms that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understands the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.
“President Buhari notes that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families. He shares the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families as well”, Shehu stated.
The presidential spokesman also quoted Buhari as urging the parents of the schoolgirls to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that they return home unharmed.
He said the president also thanked all Nigerians, religious and civil organisations and the international community for their continued sympathy and support as well as prayers for the return of the Chibok girls.