President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that he will not rest until all the remaining missing Chibok girls are back and reunited with their families.
This came as he also said that his government has succeeded in bringing back 107 and that the government will not rest until all the remaining girls are back and reunited with their families. I made this promise when I became President, and I will keep it.
Dauda Iliya (3R, 1st row), National President of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) addresses the media on April 14, 2019, during the 5th Year Commemoration of the abduction of the 276 Chibok Schoolgirls by Boko Haram Terrorist on April 14, 2014 from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. – On April 14, 2014, gunmen stormed the Chibok girls’ boarding school, kidnapping 276 pupils aged 12-17, 57 of whom managed to escape by jumping from the trucks. After negotiations with Boko Haram, 107 of the girls either escaped, were released in exchange for prisoners or were recovered by the army. 112 Chibok girls are still missing. (Photo AFP)
Parents and relatives arrives holding portraits of their girls for a commemoration five years after they were abducted by Boko Haram Jihadists group on April 14, 2019 at the Chibok Local Government. – On April 14, 2014, gunmen stormed the Chibok girls’ boarding school, kidnapping 276 pupils aged 12-17, 57 of whom managed to escape by jumping from the trucks. After negotiations with Boko Haram, 107 of the girls either escaped, were released in exchange for prisoners or were recovered by the army. 112 Chibok girls are still missing. (Photo AFP)
He said : ‘We have succeeded in bringing back 107 of them, but we will not rest until all the remaining girls are back and reunited with their families. I made this promise when I became President, and I will keep it.’
Today marks five years since the abduction of our Chibok daughters. We have succeeded in bringing back 107 of them, but we will not rest until all the remaining girls are back and reunited with their families. I made this promise when I became President, and I will keep it.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) April 14, 2019
We will never give up on our missing daughters, including Leah Sharibu; and all the other people held hostage by Boko Haram. In the last four years our security agencies have successfully rescued thousands of captives, and they will not relent until every captive is free.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari)
It gladdens our hearts to see the progress being made by the young women rescued from Boko Haram. We celebrate their courage & determination to defy the evil ideology of the terrorists, by continuing to pursue their education. There is no doubt that the world is inspired by them.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari)
I extend our best wishes to all the Chibok girls in various schools in Nigeria and around the world. Special congratulations to Kauna Yaga Bitrus, who has excelled in her college in Maine, USA, and will very soon be receiving an ‘Against All Odds Award’ from her school.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari)
Parents of abducted Chibok School Girls in Borno have renewed calls to ‘Boko-Haram’ insurgents to release the remaining girls they abducted five years ago.
A cross section of the parents made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Maiduguri.
The parents spoke on the sideline of a rally organised by a non-governmental Organisation, ‘Al’amin Foundation for Peace and Development’ , as part of activities to mark the fifth year anniversary of the abduction of over 270 school girls.
Recall that the insurgents had on April 14, 2014, abducted the girls at Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Chibok in Borno.
In May 2016, one of the abducted girls, Amina Ali, was found after she escaped from captivity.
Another set of 21 girls were freed in October 2016, while one girl was also rescued in November same year by the military.
Similarly, 82 girls were freed following negotiations with government in May 2017, while one more was girl rescued in January 2018.
Recheal Daniel, a mother of one of the abducted girls, Rose Daniel, appealed to the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, to release her daughter.
Daniel lamented that the incident had subjected her to pain and agony, adding that her husband was also killed by the insurgents.
She said that since then, she had been shouldering the up-bringing of six children left behind by her husband.
Ayuba Alamson, a guardian to some of the abducted girls, said six of his niece and sisters were abducted at the school on the fateful day.
Alamson said that three of the girls had been freed while the remaining were still with the insurgents.
He lamented that about 18 affected parents had died due to health complications associated with trauma they experienced as a result of the abduction of their daughters.
Alamson urged the Federal Government, United Nations (UN) and development organisations not to relent in their effort at ensuring the release of the girls from captivity.
“I also pray for the freedom Leah Sharibu, the only girl held back by Boko Haram insurgents after they released over 112 girls abducted at Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe.
Musa Maina, another resident of Chibok, appealed for the release of his wife, Zahra Musa, and daughter, Hadiza Musa, from captivity.
Maina recounted that he fled Chibok to Konduga after the April 14 school abduction incident, only to ended up in another abduction trap set by the insurgents..
“Two people came to my house with guns in an attempt to kill me. I and my second wife managed to escape but they took away my first wife and her daughter,” he said.
On her part, Mrs Hamsatu Allamin, the Director of Al’amin Foundation for Peace and Development, said thousands of women and children were being held hostage by the insurgents..
Allamin disclosed that the organization had embarked on comprehensive campaign to create awareness on abduction of women by the insurgents in the northeast.
She called for concrete measures to secure the release of the Chibok School girls and other persons being held by the insurgents throughout the country. (NAN)