Steps are afloat to rescue Chibok schoogirls who were abducted in 2014 by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
The Federal Government assured on Friday that the Federal Government and security agencies were committed to the safe release of the girls in earnest.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who announced the new move at a media briefing in Abuja, said previous efforts to bring back the girls were frustrated by in fighting among the insurgents and middlemen, who exploited the process for personal gains.
The Minister assured Nigerians that the government is committed to the release of the girls.
He stated, “Officers and men have sacrificed their time and energy, and some have already paid the supreme price since the abduction of the Chibok girls, fighting for the safe release of the girls.
“Many friendly countries and organisations have equally been very forthcoming in providing their human and technological resources to assist in the process. They are still doing so. We cannot, as a nation, ignore these sacrifices.
“The government and its security agencies remain committed to ensuring that the Chibok girls are safely released in fulfilment of the presidential mandate.
“Let me emphasise that government appreciates the resilience of Nigerians in the fight against insurgency and terrorism, and will continue to call on fellow Nigerians to hold that much is ahead and therefore support Mr. President’s resolve on this matter.”
He stated further that President Muhammadu Buhari, on assumption of office, directed security agencies to locate and ensure safe rescue of the girls.
He said that the Department of State Services on July 17, 2015 opened negotiations with the sect, which demanded the release of its bomb makers and fighters involved in major terrorist activities in the country.
Mohammed stated that the division in the sect stalled government’s efforts to rescue the girls that time.