Buhari’s Message Of Hope On 4th Chibok Girls’ Abduction Anniversary
It is the 4th anniversary of the abduction of over 200 Chibok girls and President Muhammadu Buhari has a message for the parents of some of the girls that are still in the custody of Boko Haram.
In his message on the eve of the girls’ abduction anniversary, the President, who is in London, emphasised his administration’s commitment to bringing the girls back home.
“As we commemorate the 4th anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls tomorrow, April 14, let me again assure the parents and families that their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate.
“I appeal to the parents to keep their hopes alive regarding the return of their daughters.
“The recent safe return of more than 100 of the Dapchi following the determined efforts of the Federal Government, should give all of us confidence that all hope is not lost.
“My administration remains focused and determined to see that the remaining and Leah Sharibu return safely to their homes and their families.
“Rest assured that we are doing our very best to free the girls from their captors,” the President said in the message posted on his Twitter page.
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Parents want to hear good news about the near-return of their girls, but President Buhari explained why the girls hope has been hanging.
“Unfortunately, the negotiations between the government and Boko Haram suffered some unexpected setbacks, owing mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks.
“We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you,” he reassured them.
President Buhari also stated that his administration would not relent in efforts to bring back the girls.
“We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up.
“Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again.
“Don't lose faith in our ability to fulfil our promise of reuniting you with our daughters.
“Don't imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost cause. Not on my watch!”
He made a strong statement again, reassuring parents and Nigerians that the girls would be reunited with their families.
“As long as I remain the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the Chibok girls will NEVER be forgotten.
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“Everything possible will be done to have them reunited with their families.”
It is four years now since the 200 girls were taken from their school's dormitory in Chibok and less than 120 of them have been released.
Two batches of 21 and 82 were released after the government negotiated with the terrorist group, with the terms of negotiation shrouded in secrecy.
Months after the last set of 82 returned, news spread that the government had released some members of the terrorist group in exchange while also handing over some cash to the group.
Their abduction had triggered world-wide protest, heightening the call for an end to the activities of the terrorist group in northeast Nigeria.
A group, Bring Back Our Girls campaingers held months of seat-out protest at a fountain in Abuja, demanding that the girls should be rescued.
These abduction of the girls was held against the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
The last information on the girls released by Boko Haram was that some of them had become terrorists, yielding completed to the course.
A video of some girls with arms was released, with the terrorist group claiming they were some of the Chibok girls.
Since their abduction, several girls have been used as suicide bombers, triggering fears that some of them may have died.
The military has continued to claim that the Islamic group has been decimate, but of late, their activities had increased, resulting in the abduction of the Dapchi girls.
As part of efforts to motivate the group to end their activities, the President had offered them an opportunity to take amnesty, but that decision had been kicked against.