I Share Your Pains – Buhari Tells Chibok Parents, Relatives
SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has assured parents and relations of the kidnapped Chibok girls that he frequently reflects on the ordeal of the captives in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists and shares the pain of their continued absence from home.
Buhari said security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of their children as he appealed to the parents of the 217 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, abducted by Boko Haram militants, to exercise patience with his administration.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari also asked religious and civil organisations to continue to pray for the girls.
“On the second anniversary of the kidnap of the girls, President Buhari affirms that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understands the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls,” the statement read.
“The President continues to believe that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, 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 President assures the parents that the Federal Government and security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the girls.
“President Buhari urges the parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.
“The President thanks all Nigerians, religious and civil organizations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the Chibok girls.”
Story by David Oputah