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Chibok Girls: Buhari Reaffirms His Promise On Their Release

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By Fehintola Ambali

Chibok Girls: Buhari Reaffirms His Promise On Their Release
It seems there is still hope for the kidnapped schoolgirls as president Muhammad Buhari reaffirmed his promise on the release of the remaining Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.

He said even though his government had so far succeeded in securing the release of 107 of the girls, he still stands on the promise he made on their release.

Buhari reiterates his promise on Saturday through a statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, to mark the fifth anniversary of the abduction in Chibok, which will be marked on Sunday.

He said, “Diverse efforts are being intensified to secure the release of the Chibok girls, along with all hostages in Boko Haram captivity, including Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped from her school, Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.”

Speaking on Leah Sharibu’s abduction, he said, “the report reaching us says her return to her family has unfortunately been hindered by the fear of the militants. They worry that heavy military presence in areas where they previously moved about freely could affect their safety after they return her to the government.

“At the same time, the military cannot jeopardise the security of the entire north-eastern region by halting their operations to accommodate Boko Haram’s fears.

“Leah Sharibu will be reunited with her family as soon as any conclusions are reached on a number of options being considered for her safe transportation,” Shehu said.

Chibok Girls: Buhari Reaffirms His Promise On Their Release

The president’s spokesman said the success of the Nigerian military in subduing Boko Haram is evidenced by the large numbers of militants who have surrendered recently, especially in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

“A similar mass surrender of militants is expected to happen soon in Nigeria.

“While Nigerian military operations are ongoing, the government is also engaging with the militants but the talks have been affected by the factionalisation of Boko Haram – with one group adopting a hard-line attitude and intensifying attacks on Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and another group engaging with the government for peaceful resolution.

“President Buhari also uses this opportunity of the commemoration of the Chibok tragedy to commend the girls, now women, who have triumphed over it all.

“He sends special greetings to the 106 girls sponsored by the Nigerian government to continue their studies at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

“He encourages them to stay focused on becoming women who will inspire girls in Nigeria and around the world to triumph over the daily battles they face in a world that is often unfair to the girl-child.

“President Buhari also extends his best wishes to Chibok girls in other schools in Nigeria and around the world.

“He sends special congratulations to Kauna Yaga Bitrus, who has excelled beyond expectations in her college in Maine, USA, and who is soon to receive a special ‘Against All Odds Award’ from her school,” he said.

The Chibok girls were kidnapped five years ago from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.

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