1,000 Days After: Our Depths Of Despair, Not So Gloomy For Chibok Girls, Buhari Declares

The Oasis Reporters

09 January, 2017

It may be three years after, President Muhammadu Buhari has recommitted the Federal Government to securing the release of the youngsters kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents as the country commemorates the 1,000th day of the abduction of schoolgirls from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State,

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, the President commends all who have been in the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both nationally and internationally stressing that government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their families.

“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 re-join their families and loved ones,” he said.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the North-eastern town of Chibok, while 195 girls remain with their Boko Haram abductors 1000 days after.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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