President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday spared a thought for the over 200 Chibok girls in Boko Haram’s captivity. From China, the president sympathised with parents and relations of the girls as the world observed the second anniversary of their abduction.
The president who is currently on a week-long state visit to China, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, affirmed that as a parent and leader of the country, he understood the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and would not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.
“The president continues to believe that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued.
“President Buhari notes that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families. He shares the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families as well,” the statement read.
Buhari assured the parents that the Federal Government and security agencies would continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the girls. He urged the parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.
The president thanked all Nigerians, religious and civil organisations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the abducted girls.