Our efforts for safe return of Chibok girls centred on negotiations – Buhari

Our efforts for safe return of Chibok girls centred on negotiations – Buhari

Sunday, May 29, 2016 8:32 am

Amina Ali : in a pensive mood

Amina Ali : in a pensive mood

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday that  he has been agonizing about the fate of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgent group in Chibok, Borno State on 14 April, 2014 everyday since his assumption of office on 29, May, 2015.

The President who said he was delighted by the recent rescue of the two of the girls said he is still committed to their return to their families.

Though he did not expatiate, the President said in his national broadcast to mark the first anniversary of his administration that government’s efforts have been centred on  negotiations to ensure safe return of the girls.

The President said “Fellow citizens let me end on a happy note. To the delight of all, two of the abducted Chibok girls have regained their freedom. During the last one year, not a single day passed without my agonising about these girls.

“ Our efforts have centred around negotiations to free them safely from their mindless captors. We are still pursuing that course. Their safety is of paramount concern to me and I am sure to most Nigerians. I am very worried about the conditions those still captured might be in.

“Today I re-affirm our commitment to rescuing our girls. We will never stop until we bring them home safely.

“As I said before, no girl should be put through the brutality of forced marriage and every Nigerian girl has the right to an education and a life choice.

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