President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration is committed to the return of the Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
President Buhari spoke on Sunday, January 8 which marks the 1000th day of the abduction of the girls from their school, Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
More than 200 girls were abducted from their school in April 2014 during the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
While some of them have reportedly died, a few have been rescued by security operatives since President Muhammadu Buhari took over power.
In a statement by Femi Adesina who is the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, he quoted Buhari as saying he was committed to bringing the girls back home.
Buhari said: “We are grateful to God that on this landmark day, we are not completely in the depths of despair, but buoyed with hope that our daughters will yet rejoin their families and loved ones.
Three of them have been recovered by our diligent military, while the freedom of 21 others was secured through engagement with their captors. We are hopeful that many more will still return as soon as practicable.”
“I salute the fortitude of the distraught parents. As a parent also, I identify with their plight. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months, months turned to years, and today, it is 1,000 days. The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts. But hope remains constant, eternal, and we believe our pains will be assuaged. Our hopes will not be shattered, and our hearts will leap for joy, as more and more of our daughters return. It is a goal we remain steadfastly committed to.”
The president applauded all those who have been involved and committed to the return of the abducted girls.
“Someday soon, we will all rejoice together. Our intelligence and security forces are unrelenting, and whatever it takes, we remain resolute. Chibok community, Nigeria, and, indeed, the world, will yet rise in brotherhood, to welcome our remaining girls back home. We trust God for that eventuality.”