President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that victory will not be declared over Boko Haram until the remaining Chibok schoolgirls were rescued.
The Nigerian leader stated this in a response to a letter written to him by Ms Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education, youngest-ever Nobel Prize Laureate and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund.
The President said the “Nigerian government is unrelenting in its efforts to ensure the safe return of the Chibok girls who remain in captivity.’’
He said the military, the State Security Service and the other security agencies were intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remained in captivity.
Buhari noted that while he could not divulge the details of ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations, the government is committed to their rescue.
“Be rest assured of the doggedness, commitment and sincerity of the Nigeria’s Federal Government toward ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity.
On the welfare of the 21 Chibok girls who regained their freedom on October 13, 2016, the president said the federal government had taken over the responsibility for their personal, educational and professional goals and ambitions in life.
Buhari commended Malala for her continuing caring disposition toward the release of the girls who remained in captivity and the welfare of the girls who had regained their freedom.