Chibok girls: FG, Boko Haram talks halted

Leslie Hanson
April 14, 2018

"Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again".

Some of the girls had regained their freedom while about 100 of them are yet to be released by their abductors.

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Buhari urged the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, saying the recovery of more than 100 of the girls through the government's determined effort should give confidence. Don't lose faith in our ability to fulfill our promise of reuniting you with our daughters.

The President, in a statement made available toNaija News by the Senior Special assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, assure the parents of the girls that their daughter will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists.

Boko Haram insurgents have abducted at least 1,000 children in the north-east since 2013, according to UNICEF.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable", Fall said.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall further informed that 20000 people have been killed while 20 lakh have been displaced due to attack by Boko Haram.

Children have the right to education and protection, and the classroom must be a place where they are safe from harm, he stressed.

UNICEF is appealing for an end to attacks on schools and all grave violations of children's rights.

The schoolgirls were abducted on April 19, 2014, by the Boko Haram.

The Country Director of AAN, Ene Obi, said in a statement, "The FG and the military should adopt intelligence, power and negotiation as deployed for the release of the Dapchi girls, to bring back the remaining 113 missing Chibok girls and the remaining Dapchi girl, Leah Shuaibu".

Leader of a Boko Haram faction, Abubakar Shekau, said in a video message that the girls have converted to Islam and have been 'married off'.

Ezekwesili tweeted: "Does President Muhammadu Buhari, who used every opportunity he had before February 2015 to talk about injustice of non-rescue of our Chibok Girls, know that in just one day it would be four years of their captivity?"

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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