Yesterday in a closed door meeting, the Federal government of Nigeria met with parents of missing Chibok girls in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, where they were briefed on recent efforts by the government and the Nigerian military to rescue their daughters. The Federal government delegation was led by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil. A statement by the minister’s spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, said the meeting centered on the Federal Government‘s commitment to safe return of the girls. The statement in part reads;
Mr 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. I am here to convey the sympathy of Mr 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. I assure you that not only will rescue operations be successful, the other three 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 Mr President which the entire administration is committed to”
On the 14th April 2014, the girls were abducted by Boko Haram members in their school, Government Secondary School in Chibok, Bornu state.