Buhari Renews Hope of Rescue of Chibok Schoolgirls

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the country is not completely in the depths of despair, but buoyed with hope that they will yet rejoin their families and loved ones.
This is as the country marks the 1,000th day of the abduction of Chibok Schoolgirls.
Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, said the Federal Government was committed to securing the release of the youngsters kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in night of April 14, 2014,
The president expressed the hope that with three of the girls recovered by the military and 21 others freed through engagement with their captors, many more would still return as soon as practicable.
Buhari stated: “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.”
President Buhari reiterated his pledge pronounced many times in the past that government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their families.
The president also declared that the return of the remaining Chibok girls was a goal his government remained steadfastly committed to.
According to him, the intelligence and security forces are unrelenting, and that whatever it takes, his administration remains resolute.
“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,” President Buhari said.
The president commended all those who had been in the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both nationally and internationally.
He said: “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.”

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