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FG Still Promises Release Of Chibok Girls 3 Years After Abduction.

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Its been three years since about 276 girls were abducted from a secondary school in north-eastern Nigeria by militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Twenty four of the girls were freed. What about others?

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration was ready to do everything within its reach to secure the release of the remaining girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno State on Apri 14, 2014.

The President said his administration was willing to bend backwards to ensure their safe return.

Buhari made the promise in a message to mark the third anniversary of the abduction carried out by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The message which he personally signed was made available to journalists by the Presidency’s media office.

He said his administration had reason to celebrate the return of 24 of them and thousands of other Nigerians who were forcibly abducted by the terrorists.

He said being a parent himself, he was grateful to God that some of the girls were found alive and have been reunited with their families.

The President said, “Government is doing all within its powers to reintegrate the freed girls to normal life.

Furthermore, Government is in constant touch through negotiations, through local intelligence to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons unharmed.

“My special appreciation goes to the parents and families that have endured three years of agony and waiting for the return of their children. I feel what you feel. Your children are my children.

“On this solemn occasion, my appeal is that we must not lose hope on the return of our remaining schoolgirls.

“Our intelligence and security forces, who have aptly demonstrated their competence, are very much equal to the task and absolutely committed to the efforts to find and return the schoolgirls and others abducted by Boko Haram.

“I also thank Lake Chad Basin countries, friendly nations and international partners, who at various points in the last three years have offered their support for Nigeria.

“Like I have repeatedly said, the Federal Government is willing to bend over backwards to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. We have reached out to their captors, through local and international intermediaries, and we are ever ready to do everything within our means to ensure the safe release of all the girls.

“I wish to reassure the parents of the Chibok girls, all well-meaning Nigerians, organisations and the international community that as a government, we are unrelenting on the issue of the safe return of our children.

“I trust God that soon, our collective efforts will be rewarded with the safe return of our schoolgirls to their families, friends and their communities.”

Buhari described the 2014 abduction of the girls as one of the worst crimes committed against Nigeria’s citizens.

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