President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his commitment towards securing the release of all the schoolgirls Boko Haram insurgents abducted in Chibok, Borno State.
Commemorating the 1,000 days of the girls abduction, Buhari promised that his government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their families.
In a statement by his Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Sunday, the President assured affected parents of reuniting with their daughters as soon as possible.
The statement made available to DAILY POST quoted Buhari as saying, “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 commended all who have been in the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both locally and internationally.
“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.”
Recall that over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram sect in 2014.
Since their abduction, the Federal government has been able to guarantee the release of some of the girls while others were discovered by the military during mop up operations in the North East.