Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Buhari to Chibok parents: Your daughters won't be abandoned, forgotten

Buhari to Chibok parents: Your daughters won't be abandoned, forgotten

This is even as the president Buhari assured the parents of the school girls that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, that "their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists".

Abuja: While the Nigerian government is gearing up for awareness campaign and functions on the occasion of 4th anniversary of kidnapping incident of hundreds of school girls by terrorist organisation Boko Haram, the UNICEF in its report has revealed that the terrorist organisation has kidnapped thousands of children since 2003.

"The fourth anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack on a shocking scale".

Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates into, "Western education is forbidden", seeks to establish an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, though it has spread its terror across mountainous borders over the years into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, all of which surround the Lake Chad Basin.

In September 2015, Buhari raises the possibility of an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.

According to him, as long as he remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the Chibok girls will never be forgotten and all will be done to have them reunited with their families.

Since 2016, 107 girls have been found, released or escaped as part of a government deal with Boko Haram and the administration has said back-channel talks are ongoing for further releases and a possible end to the wider conflict.

The former miliary ruler has repeatedly claimed Boko Haram was virtually defeated but while there have been clear army gains, security threats remain.

Islamist fighters from Nigeria's Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Friday.

"Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again".

But he added: "We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up".

A man reacts as dead bodies are brought to a hospital after a suspected Boko Haram attack on the edge of Maiduguri's inner city, Nigeria April 2, 2018.

"However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the global community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls".

"The time is long overdue for the government to deliver meaningful action on behalf of all the victims of Boko Haram's crimes".

The International Crisis Group meanwhile said the copycat abduction in Dapchi showed more needed to be done to protect schoolchildren in the restive region.

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