President Buhari pledges to ensure rescue of remaining Chibok schoolgirls

President Buhari pledges to ensure rescue of remaining Chibok schoolgirls

President Buhari pledges to ensure rescue of remaining Chibok schoolgirls

The girls are part of the over 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorists in 2014.

This is coming on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari's anniversary message of hope and assurance to the parents of the abducted school girls.

"The dozens of Boko Haram fighters faced no opposition during the abduction, as they struggled to convey their captives to the forest of Alagarno, the insurgent's first war capital, which they named Timbuktu".

"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".

The 19-year-old was discovered with a four-month-old baby and a man she described as her husband near Boko Haram's Sambisa Forest enclave.

The figure includes the Chibok girls, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall, said yesterday.

"They also advised not to lose faith in this government's ability to fulfil its promise, that the girls will not be abandoned or forgotten", Mr Shehu said.

Five other Dapchi schoolgirls who remain unaccounted for are believed to have died at the hands of their captors.

Government must demand that to prove me wrong or stop negotiating for numerous girls that don't exists.

"The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", Fall said in a statement on UNICEF website.

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Silkida, however, said he was shocked on getting to Damaturu, the Yobe State capital only to discover that the detained Boko Haram members were not on ground for the swap deal. Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again.

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'".

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

"What happened in Chibok should have served as a wake-up call to the Nigerian government".

The government needed to deliver "meaningful action on behalf of all these victims of Boko Haram's crimes".

He further challenged the federal government to prove his claims wrong or "stop negotiating for numerous girls that don't exist".

The International Crisis Group meanwhile said the copycat abduction in Dapchi showed more needed to be done to protect schoolchildren in the restive region.

Boko Haram remains a charged issue politically.

"The kidnappings cast a pall over education, particularly of girls, and thus the prospects for socio-economic development of the region".

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