Sunday, August 30, 2015

Buhari Optimistic That Chibok Girls Are Alive – Gov Shettima
Chibok students in captivity by Boko Haram.
By Ibrahim Sawab, Maiduguri
Nigerian Daily Trust
Aug 30 2015 4:59AM

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday raised the hopes of parents of over 200 schoolgirls abducted over 500 days ago by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Secondary School, Chibok in southern part of Borno.

Governor Kashim Shettima hosted 90 male and female parents of the missing girls at the Government House, Maiduguri to convey the President’s message of reassurance to the parents. The 90 represented about 200 parents at the interactive session with Shettima.    

Buhari told the parents that he was very hopeful that the schoolgirls were alive and that efforts were on to have them rescued safely to reintegrate with their families.

“These priceless schoolgirls are our daughters and they are dear to us as much as they are to you. We share the agony and sorrows you are experiencing as well as our abducted girls, as Government we are working hard to rescue our girls alive and healthy. I am optimistic that the girls are still alive and will soon be rescued and handed over to you parents by the grace of God. As leaders we are responsible for the welfare of our people and are accountable before the Almighty God.As such while the rescue efforts go on relentlessly, the government will continue to render assistance to you as their biological parents. We are aware that most of you the parents cannot attend to your sources of livelihood, go to  work, go to farms nor carry on with your trading because of the psychological trauma and agony you are going through and this is to be expected. It is for this reason, we find it an obligation to support you in trauma management and in offering some economic support,” the President said.

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