[Abuja]–As today marks exactly three years since the kidnap of over 250 girls in Chibok village, Borno State, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised not to ever give up in fighting Boko Haram and rescuing its captives.
He made this known in a statement through his official twitter handle on Friday.
Buhari thanked God for aiding the release of 24 girls, adding that work is ongoing towards ensuring the release of the other girls.
He appreciated the efforts of the armed forces and the intelligence department for their commitment and sacrifice toward restoring normalcy in the North East region.
He sympathized with the parents of the girls, as he urged them not to lose hope in the government.
“Today commemorates an incident that we will never forget: the abduction, three years ago, of schoolgirls from Govt Secondary School, Chibok
“I’m eternally grateful to God for the return of 24 of the girls, as well as of thousands of other Nigerians forcibly abducted by Boko Haram.
“Let me also reiterate our absolute commitment to the freedom and safe return of the remaining Chibok girls, and all other abducted persons.
“We’ve reached out to the captors & are negotiating to ensure the girls’ safe release. We’re willing to bend over backwards to achieve this.
“It was to ensure the freedom of all BokoHaram captives & recovery of lost territory that we gave the fight against terror our full attention
“It is easy to forget where Nigeria was when this administration began 2 years ago,and Boko Haram held no fewer than 14 LGAs in the Northeast
“At that time Boko Haram not only occupied the Northeast, but also unleashed fear and mayhem well beyond the region.
“Today, BokoHaram has been degraded & is no longer in a position to mount serious attacks,other than sporadic suicide attacks on soft targets
“For this we have our gallant Intelligence & Security forces to thank. We’re also grateful to all International partners who’ve supported us.
“Let me use this opportunity to remind all that last December our troops overran Boko Haram’s Headquarters in the Sambisa Forest.
“Regarding our Chibok girls, we must not lose hope. I trust God that soon, our collective efforts will be rewarded with their safe return.
“My special appreciation goes to the parents & families, who have endured 3 years of agony. I feel your pain. Your children are my children.
“We will never ever give up, whether on rescuing all captives, or on completely vanquishing Boko Haram. That remains our promise to you”, the statement reads.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg