President Buhari reiterates resolve to rescue Chibok girls

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By Brendan Umoren

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his resolve to rescue the remaining abducted Chibok girls in Borno State.

Speaking at the palace of Shehu of Borno, where he paid homage to Abubakar Garbai Elkanemi, during a working visit in the state, the president said it was “unfortunate” that some of the Chibok girls, kidnapped since 2014, are still being held in captivity.

Addressing top government and security officials, as well as a cross-section of Borno monarchs, the president said the government’s commitment to resuscitating learning in the state was legendary.

“We are not giving up on Chibok girls,” he said, echoing his statement during a bilateral meeting in Poland, four months ago.

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“We are not going to give up on them. Government will do everything possible to ensure that they are rescued and reunited with their families.

“Since my arrival this morning, I have seen and commissioned different projects.

“I am really impressed by governor Shettima’s very unique approach towards resuscitating education sector, particularly at the primary level. It is essential to give priority attention to the primary education in order to improve quality of education in line with international standards.”

He said Borno government’s focus on education “is not only commendable but also very imperative because it came in the midst of security challenges like the criminal activities of the Boko Haram”.

He said the insurgents have, over the years, demonstrated their hate for education by abducting school girls in Dapchi and Chibok but said his government would do all within its powers to consolidate on the victory won over Boko Haram insurgency.

He commended the Borno State government for taking advantage of the successes achieved in the area of counterinsurgency war “to invest in the area of housing, education, agriculture, and industrial development.

“I therefore assure you that the federal government will continue to support you in many different ways,” he said.

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