Abuja - Officials from the Federal Government have held closed-door discussions with the families of the schoolgirls Boko Haram sect members abducted in Chibok, Borno State almost a year ago.
This publication established that Minister of State Power, Mohammed Wakil, updated the families on progress the administration had done to rescue the more than 200 girls and deal with terror at large.
The government representative told parents that the government under President Jonathan had devised comprehensive counter- insurgency strategies which have its central goals to include, reclaiming of occupied territories, rescue of abducted persons, and resettlement of displaced people and the rehabilitation of insurgency ravaged communities.
“The 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,” Wakil told the families.
“I am here to convey the sympathy of the 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 believe by the grace of God that your children will return safely,” he said after the meeting.
He added, “I assure you that not only will rescue operations be successful. The other goals of reclaiming occupied territories, resettlement of IDPS and rebuilding of communities will be pursued to a logical conclusion. This is a personal pledge of the President which the entire administration is committed to.”
Spokesperson of relatives of the abducted girls, Pindar Dauda, thanked the government for its concern and sympathy while praying for the success of the ongoing military operations.
“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,” said Dauda.
While the military has recently reported breakthroughs against terrorists in the North East, efforts to rescue the girls, whose kidnap caused international outrage, have proved futile thus far.
On Thursday, Jonathan claimed the girls “were still alive.”
– CAJ News
- CAJ News