Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Your Daughters Will Be Rescued Soon, Buhari Assures Parents Of Chibok Girls

Your Daughters Will Be Rescued Soon, Buhari Assures Parents Of Chibok Girls

Relatives of missing school girls react in Dapchi in the northeastern state of Yobe, after an attack on the village by Boko Haram, Nigeria February 23, 2018.

Some of the girls were freed a year ago following negotiation talks between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram.

The cries for the release of the girls dogged the heels of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, and getting the girls released was one of the campaign promises of then APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.

Hannatu Daudu, whose daughter Saratu, is among the captives told the crowd: "Our only prayer is for our girls to be released and returned to us".

Speaking in the Hausa language, she said, "We are the Chibok girls..."

President Buhari pledged that as long as he remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the Chibok girls will never be forgotten and all will be done to have them reunited with their families.

The Nigerian Army has constantly maintained that the sect has been defeated.

At least 112 of the girls remain in Boko Haram captivity.

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The statement read, "President Buhari joins the Borno State government, parents of the children and Nigerians in commemorating the fourth anniversary of the sad incident, praying that the event at the daughters' school today will go well".

Buhari however admitted that they may be some delay in securing their release following setbacks in talks with the terrorists.

Buhari said the return of so many students from Dapchi and Chibok "should give confidence that all hope is not lost" and showed the government was "doing its very best".

"The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", the statement quoted UNICEF representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall as saying.

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war during the conflict, seizing women and girls to act as sex slaves or suicide bombers, and men and boys to fight.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) yesterday said that at least 2,295 teachers had been killed in the North-east since the conflict started in 2009.

Amnesty International's Nigeria director, Osai Ojigho, said the Chibok abduction was a small part of a bigger issue.

"Far more support must also be provided for past victims", she said, proposing a register for abducted people.

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