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The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group had stated that the pledged made by President Muhammedu Buhari at the European Parliament to not rest until the 219 Chibok girls were rescued have reignite hope for the parents of the abducted girls, the BBOG and Nigerians.
In a press release signed by the leaders of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Hadiza Bala Usman, the group stated that the president’s statement which was like an open re-commitment and reassurance was refreshing especially for the parents whose daughters were abducted in their school since 2014.
“The President Buhari’s words at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday states, ‘It may interest you to know that in a recent meeting I had with parents of the Chibok girls, I assured them that government would not rest until all the girls are rescued alive and returned to their parents. I remain fully committed to this pledge.’ Our movement heartily commends the president for this gesture.
“This open re-commitment and reassurance is refreshing especially for the parents whose daughters were abducted in their school 661 days ago today.
“These words would reignite hope, and the confidence that the president is concerned, and cares as much as he communicated to them 3 weeks ago,” it said.
The group expressed hope that the federal government would also immediately implement all the other commitments made during its July 8, 2015 and January 14, 2016 meeting with the president.
It called on the government to conduct a fresh investigation into the circumstance around the abduction, and failure to rescue of the Chibok girls.
“The government should also institute a feedback mechanism to keep the parents, communities and other interested stakeholders abreast of rescue efforts and also provide a citizens-government interface for information/intelligence sharing.
“We also see this as a best opportunity for the president to visit Chibok to connect with the traumatised parents and community, as well as some key locations in the northeast to boost the morale citizens and the troops at the front lines,” the group said.
source: leadership newspaper