As the nation marks the second anniversary of the Kidnap of over 200 pupils from Federal Girls College, Chibok, Borno State, in tears and anguish, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured parents and relations of the kidnapped Chibok girls that he shared in their sorry, adding he frequently reflects on the ordeal of the captives in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
He said Thursday that he shares the pain of their continued absence from home for two years now.
President Buhari appealed to the distraught parents of the girls to be patient with him.
The President affirmed that as a parent and leader of the country, he understands the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.
The President, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, believed that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued.
He noted that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families.
He shared the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families.
The statement was issued on a day security operatives blocked activists calling for the rescue of the girls from accessing the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“President Buhari urges the (Chibok girls’) parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.
“The President thanked all Nigerians, religious and civil organisations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the Chibok girls,” the statement read in part.
The statement added, “The President continues to believe that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued.
“President Buhari notes that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families. He shares the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families as well.
“The President assures the parents that the Federal Government and security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the girls.”
President Buhari urged the parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.
The President thanked all Nigerians, religious and civil organizations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the Chibok girls.
Policemen Thursday blocked the Bringbackourgirls group that tried to gain entry into Presidential Villa, Abuja
Riot Police operatives prevented over 500 #BringBackOurGirls demonstrators, from marching to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
This came as the demonstrators had a walk to commemorate the two years anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok Girls between the Unity Fountain and the Aso Rock Villa Gate, Presidential Villa.
Meanwhile, the Senate has summoned the National Security Adviser, and all the Service Chiefs to brief it at closed session, on their efforts so far to recover the abducted Chibok school girls, two years after the incident.
The red chamber did not however, give any date on when the service chiefs will appear before it but observed a one-minute silence in honour of parents of the abducted girls that had died.
The federal lawmakers took the decision following the deliberation on a motion moved by the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, tagged, “The Abduction of Chibok School Girls- Two years after.”
Melaye lamented the plight of the girls and their parents, and said the federal government cannot be said to have succeeded until the girls were rescued.
He said, “We cannot succeed as a government until those girls are released. Getting back the over 200 Chibok school girls into the society is important and a must for our security agencies.
“The abduction of over 200 girls by Boko Haram has wrongly affected us as a people as could be seen in the international condemnation of the government’s slow reaction to this unprecedented outrage committed against Nigerian womanhood.
“Never before has such criminal viciousness been perpetrated on Nigerian womanhood.”
Other Senators who supported the motion, called on the federal government to go beyond the yearly ritual of celebrating the anniversary of the abduction.
They called on the government to explore every available avenue to ensure that the girls are rescued.
The Senate also commended the Bring Back Our Girls group for what they described as its doggedness and consistency in the campaign for the release of the girls.
The upper chamber which said it empathised with parents of the girls, also charged security agencies to do everything humanly possible to ensure the girls are rescued just as it urged the Borno State Government to rebuild Chibok Secondary School in the interest of students in the community.
Adopting the prayers of the motion, the senate mandated security agencies to do everything possible to ensure the release of the girls.
SSThe Senate Minority Leader, Senator Gidswill Akpabio, however introduced humour into the entire scenario by accusing the sponsor of the motion, Melaye of using the Campaign for the release of the Chibok girls, to win election to the Senate.
Akpabio said, ” I wonder why those who led protests against the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the girls have suddenly kept mum.
“I remember in 2014, Dino Melaye used to wear a T-shirt and he led the protest to ensure that the abducted school girls were released. He was always at the National Fountain to lead a protest against the government.
“He eventually cashed in on it and won elections. Other people in APC did the same thing,”
About 270 girls were abducted in a secondary school in Chibok town, Borno state on the 14th of April, 2014.
While some of the girls escaped from their abductors, about 219 girls are still believed to be missing.
The government of former president Jonathan came under severe international condemnation and was accused of playing politics with the rescue of the girls.
During last year’s general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari who was the presidential candidate of APC, had promised to rescue the girls two weeks into his government.
But the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo last Wednesday, said the Federal Government could not ascertain when the girls would be rescued.