President Muhammadu Buhari, on the 4th year anniversary of the Chibok Girls being abducted by terrorist sect Boko Haram, asked that their parents not give up hope, The Cable reports.
276 girls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.
While the Federal Government has secured the release of over 100 of the girls, and 50 escaped, several still remain in captivity.
Buhari, in a speech given on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. has urged the parents of the Chibok girls to not be discouraged.
Negotiations between the Federal Government and the terrorist group hit some setbacks, he said, owing to disagreements among their abductors.
His administration is aware that it is taking too long to bring the girls back, he said, but is doing its best to do so. He said:
We are concerned and aware that it is taking long to bring the rest of our daughters back home, but be assured that this administration is doing its very best to free the girls from their captors.
Unfortunately, the negotiations between the government and Boko Haram suffered some unexpected setbacks, owing mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks.
We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you.
However, this government is not relenting. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. Don’t give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again. Don’t lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfill our promise of reuniting you with our daughters. Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course.