We'll Rescue Your Daughters Alive, Buhari Reassures Parents Of Chibok Schoolgirls
BEVERLY HILLS, August 29, (THEWILL) – The federal government Saturday reassured that it was determined to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls alive from their Boko Haram captivity.
Giving the reassurance was President Muhammadu Buhari who promised that the military would soon rescue the girls from their abductors, having been in captivity for over 500 days.
Buhari's reassurance was conveyed to the parents of the schoolgirls by the Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, who hosted the parents at the Government House, Maiduguri, the state capital, Saturday, on behalf of President Buhari.
At the meeting, the parents were presented with N100,000 cash each with clothing materials as assistance to cushion their hardship at the behest of President Buhari.
Speaking at the meeting, Shettima said : “I met with the president last week in Abuja and he directed that I should meet you and console you over the missing girls. He urged me to extend his heartfelt greetings to you on the issue.”
He added that the president assured that the missing girls will soon be rescued going by the renewed military offensive on the insurgents.
“Buhari assured that the missing girls will soon be reunited with their families as efforts are being intensified to rescue them alive,” he said, disclosing that it was based on this premise that he invited the parents for interaction at the Government House Maiduguri to deliver the message.
“We call you here to console you and to inform you that we share in your grief. As parents, we feel sad about your predicament but God knows best.”
“The money is not a ransom or compensation for the missing girls. It is to provide a kind of relieve to the parents who have been devastated by the lost of their children.”
“We leaders are responsible for taking care of our people and are accountable before the Almighty God, as such the government will continue to render assistance to the parents of the abducted girls, as most of the parent cannot go to their farms nor carry on with their petty trading, because of the psychological trauma and agony they are going through,” he said.
Responding on behalf of the parents, Lawan Shettima expressed gratitude to the president for his concern about their plight and assured the president of their cooperation.