Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Chibok Girls: Your girls `ll return, Buhari tells parents of abducted students

Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping: Timeline Your Daughters Will Be Rescued Soon, Buhari Assures Parents Of Chibok Girls
Faye Gross | 15 April, 2018, 00:31

Mr Salkida is believed to have access to Boko Haram, the terror group that kidnapped about 217 girls from their school in GSS Chibok in 2014.

Parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are marking the 4th anniversary of their abduction.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari who joined the Borno State Government, parents of the children and Nigerians in commemorating the fourth anniversary of the sad incident, prayed that the event at the daughters' school in their honour will go well.

The relentless onslaughts show not even children and schools are spared from Boko Haram's wrath - rather, they are the targets. The organization targets particularly such schools where the syllabus of education is secular.

"Nigerian authorities have made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack, and UNICEF stands with them to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, by which Nigeria commits to protecting schools and universities from violence and military use during armed conflict". By the 3rd of May, I was already on my way from Abuja to Madagali, Marwa and finally to a Boko Haram camp.

President Muhammadu Buhari (standing) speaking during a reception for the 82 Chibok girls.

Buhari, who is seeking re-election next year, told the Chibok girls' parents their daughters "will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate". The demands of Boko Haram then were simple, they wanted detained members taken to Damaturu and they will move the girls to Buniyardi for swap somewhere in between.

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In February, fighters loyal to a Boko Haram faction headed by Abu Mus'ab al-Barnawi seized 112 schoolgirls and one boy from the town of Dapchi, in Yobe state. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up.

President Buhari noted that the recovery of more than 100 of the girls through the Federal Government's determined effort should give confidence that all "hope is not lost'". He had asked them not to lose hope, promising that his administration will ensure the girls are set free and brought back to them.

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.

Eighty-three of the girls were released past year by the insurgents after negotiation with the Nigerian government.

Boko Haram has abducted more than 1,000 children in northeast Nigeria since 2013, the United Nations' children's agency announced Friday.

"Far more support must also be provided for past victims", she said, proposing a register for abducted people. But the region's deepening humanitarian crisis, mainly sparked by Boko Haram's years-long insurgency, remains one of the world's most severe.

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