Interior Minister Confident Of More Chibok Girls’ Release
If there is anything that the parents of the still to be released Chibok girls are waiting for it is the return of the girls that have been in Boko Haram captivity for the past three years.
One assurance that may increase their hopes of seeing the daughters again is that given by the Minister of Interior, General Abdurrahman Danbazau.
He says the government is confident that Boko Haram terrorists will release more Chibok school girls soon.
General Danbazau told reporters in Minna on the sidelines of the wedding of Halima Babangida, daughter of Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida that efforts were still on to get more of the girls out.
“By the grace of God, I believe more of the girls will be released as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Before this administration came on board not a single girl was released, but now over 100 have been freed,” he said.
Danbazau wants Nigerians to have confidence in the ability of the government to secure the release of the remaining school girls being held captive by the insurgents.
The girls were taken from their school’s dormitory in Chibok community, Borno State, on April 14, 2014 by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Over 200 of them were abducted, but the government has been able to negotiate for the release of 103 of them.
Others that have returned either escaped from their abductors or found during counter-terrorism operations by the military.
Eighty-two of the girls were freed last week in a prisoner swap deal, as confirmed by the presidency.
On ensuring that the northeast and other parts of Nigeria is safe, the minister said that the Federal Government was doing its best to ensure security of lives and property across Nigeria.
“We are trying our best to ensure maximum security of the country.
“Just yesterday I met with the police chief and prominent traditional rulers across the country to discuss the way forward as regards security,” he said
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Minna was agog on Friday during the wedding ceremony, with prominent personalities in attendance, including former president Goodluck Jonathan.