We Want the Chibok Girls Safe, We Want Them Out – PMB

Amina Ali Nkem and Buhari
Amina Ali Nkeki meets Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in his villa in Abuja. President Buhari holds Nkeki’s four-month-old baby. Photo/Naij.com

President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his administration is working around the clock to ensure the safe release of the kidnapped Chibok girls from Boko Haram.

It’s been two years and three months since the Chibok girls were kidnapped in a Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria by the deadly Islāmic sect; Boko Haram.

In May 2016, one of the missing girls, Amina Ali, was found, Hosea Abana Tsambido, the chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, told the BBC that Nkeki had been found while searching for firewood in the forest area surrounding the Boko Haram settlement.

“She was saying… all the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died.” During the April 2014 attack, Boko Haram gunmen arrived in Chibok at night and raided the school dormitories, loading 276 girls on to trucks. More than 50 managed to escape within hours, mostly by jumping off the lorries and running off into roadside bushes. Boko Haram has ravaged northeast Nigeria in its quest to create a fundamentalist Islāmic state, killing over 20,000 people and displacing 2.7 million from their homes.

Buhari, who stated during his opening presidential speech on May 29, 2015, that his administration would find and rescue the Chibok girls, has reiterated his commitment of not giving up on their search for the missing girls via his Twitter handle on Sunday.

“Our gallant troops in the Northeast have already rescued thousands of people. We will never give up on the Chibok girls. What we will not do is waste time and resources on doubtful sources, who falsely claim to know the whereabouts of the Chibok girls”. “I reiterated it in Nairobi, that we want our Chibok girls safe, we want them out. We’re doing all we can to reunite them with their families,” (Muhammadu Buhari ‏@MBuhari).

6th Session Toyko and African Development
World leaders take a photo at the 6th Session of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Nairobi, Kenya.

Meanwhile, Buhari has also corroborated the reports by the Nigerian military confirming that they have wounded Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, during an aerial attack on Tuesday. He made the statement during his visit in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was attending the 6th session of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, a summit designed to boost ties between Africa and Japan.

“We learnt that in an air strike by the Nigerian Air Force he was wounded,” Buhari said in a statement from Nairobi. “Indeed their top hierarchy and lower cadre have a problem,” Buhari said. “They are not holding any territory and they have split to small groups attacking soft targets.”