Buhari To Chibok Girls: Your Best Time Has Come,


The Presidency has taken over full responsibility for the rescued Chibok school girls, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. This includes “their personal, educational and professional goals and ambitions in life,” the president said. He said it was not late for the girls to go back to school and continue with education. The president spoke when he met with the freed schoolgirls and their parents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday. The girls, who are among the over 200 abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014, were freed last Thursday. President Buhari assured them that the Federal Government would rehabilitate and re-integrate them into the society. “These dear daughters of ours have seen the worst that the world has to offer. It is now time for them to experience the best that the world can do for them,” he stated. Buhari said the government and all Nigerians must encourage the freed girls to achieve their desired ambitions. He also said the girls will be given “adequate and comprehensive medical, nutritional and psychological care and support.” He added that the government would rehabilitate them, and ensure that their reintegration back into the society was done as quickly as possible. President Buhari also promised that the government would sustain the ongoing rescue efforts until all the remaining abducted Chibok girls return safely. “My dear children, this is a happy moment for me and for all Nigerians. I welcome you back to freedom. It is a moment your parents, the Nation and the International Community have been eagerly waiting for, since your abduction on 14th April 2014. “We must from the onset, thank Almighty God for this day that 21 of the Chibok girls have again breathed the air of freedom and are reunited with their parents. “We are equally prayerful, that God in his infinite mercies and benevolence will see to it that the girls remaining in captivity will be freed and returned to us soonest. “All Nigerians recall, sadly the night of 14th April 2014, 276 young female Nigerian students were abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok Borno State by the Boko Haram. “Fortunately, 57 of the kidnapped school girls were able to escape, leaving 219 in captivity. One of the abducted girls, Amina Ali was found in May 2016. And today, we are here celebrating the freedom and return of another 21 girls that regained freedom on Thursday 13th October.” The president said the government was equally as hopeful as it was praying that the remaining girls would be freed and returned to us without further delay. He said the release of the 21 girls followed a series of negotiations between the government and the Boko Haram group brokered “by our friends both local and international. “Since this administration assumed office, we have been working towards the safe release of the girls. The Nigerian DSS, Military and other Security Agencies have spared no effort to secure our girls. “These 21 girls are the manifestation of our doggedness and commitments to the release and return of the Chibok girls. 

Source: Daily Trust
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