President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to rescue the remaining Chibok girls still in Boko Haram captivity.
He gave the reassurance Thursday night when he hosted members of the diplomatic corps to breaking of Ramadan fast at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari stressed that the priority of his administration was to rescue the girls alive and unharmed.
“We are not letting up our efforts to rescue the Chibok girls, our priority is to rescue them unharmed”, he said.
While assuring that he would continue to tackle the security challenges in the country, the president regretted that the Boko Haram activities had rendered many Nigerians orphaned and homeless, saying “our main focus is to ensure their safe return to their homes and rehabilitation of their communities”.
On the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta, the president reassured the diplomatic corps that the issue was being addressed even as he stated that “no amount of militancy shall distract us from engaging with the region”.
He said his administration was committed to addressing the issue of unemployment, poor infrastructure and ecological problems, saying “Our doors are open for business”.
Speaking on corruption, President Buhari showed appreciation on the international cooperation the anti-corruption war had received especially on the recovery of looted funds.
Also speaking, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, thanked Buhari, noting that the breaking of fast meeting was an opportunity for the diplomatic community to have close interaction with the president.
Dean of Diplomatic Corps and High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria, Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahima, thanked the president for inviting them to break the Ramadan fast with him, the second time in the year.
He said “We wish for eternal peace for Nigeria and may your efforts in the shortest time bring prosperity to our people.
“Be reassured that the international community will continue to provide the necessary support”.