that the remaining Chibok girls still in the hands of their abductors
are rescued as soon as possible.
The President stated this Sunday as the world commemorates the 1000th
day of one of the world’s most mysterious case of abduction that has
not only remained a puzzle but also a mystery.
It will be recalled that about 1000days ago, a group of people were
said to had invaded the Government Secondary School Chibok, and
whisked away over 290 students, mainly girls who were preparing for
their Senior Secondary School examinations.
Following the intervention of some government officials and the
International Committee of the Red Cross, 21 of the girls were
released after series of negotiations, while 3 of them were said to
have also been rescued by the Nigerian military.
Some of the girls were said to have escaped while the whereabouts of
the others remained a source of mystery.
But a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on
Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, to commemorate the day, said
“President Muhammadu Buhari has recommitted the Federal Government to
securing the release of the youngsters kidnapped by Boko Haram
“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 said.
He reiterated his pledge, pronounced many times in the past, that
government would not spare any effort to reunite the girls with their
“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,” the President said.
The statement the President also commended everyone who has been in
the vanguard for the recovery of the girls, both nationally and
internationally, stressing that “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.”