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Chibok Girls’ Anniversary: FG Meets Families In Borno

Women react during a protest demanding security forces to search harder for 200 abducted schoolgirls, outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja

The Federal Government has held closed door discussions with relations and relatives of abducted Chibok girls,briefing them about how far the administration has gone in securing their release from captivity.

At a meeting on Thursday morning in Maiduguri centering on FG’s commitment to safe return of the girls,representative of President Goodluck Jonathan at the meeting was the Minister of State Power,Mohammed Wakil while the families of the girls were led by Mrs Pindar Dauda.The youth leader of the Chibok community was also in attendance with some elders of the community.

The president’s representative told parents that the FG under president Jonathan has devised comprehensive counter- insurgency strategies which has its central goals (1) reclaiming of occupied territories,(2) rescue of abducted persons,(3) resettlement of IDPs, (4) and the rehabilitation of insurgency ravaged communities.

“Mr President is pursuing multi- faceted strategies which address the pains ,anger and frustrations of victims . Our President directed me to tell you that his government is committed to doing everything possible for the safe return of your daughters.

“I am here to convey the symphathy of Mr President and the entire Federal cabinet to you the parents and families as well as all other victims. As you are all aware ,our military is having the upper hand in this sacred war. We beleive by the grace of God that your children will return safely “, the president’ representative said.

Speaking further ,the minister hail the families for refusing to support the politicisation of the regreattable abduction,adding, ” your presence here to listen to the messgae of Mr President confirms your belief in the ongoing counter insurgency operations as a solution to our collective challenge.

“I assure you that not pnly will rescue operations be successful,the other three goals of reclaiming occupied territories ,ressettlment of IDPS and rebuilding of communities ,will be pursued to a logical conclusion. This is a personal plegde of MR President which the entire administration is committed to”, the minister said.

Responding the spokesperson of the parents and families,Mrs Pindar

Dauda thanked the president for his concern and symphathy while praying for the success of the ongoing military operations.

Speaking in local language,Mrs Dauda said :”I appeal to president Jonathan not to relent. He should continue with the war on Boko Haram. He should get our children back for us safely. We are praying for him and the military”, she said.

Signed, Olawale Rasheed

March 5th,2015

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