President Buhari at the European Parliament reiterates pledge to not rest until all our Chibok girls are rescued
3 February 2016
‘It may interest you to know that in a recent meeting I had with parents of the Chibok girls, I assured them that government would not rest until all the the girls are rescued alive and returned to their parents. I remain fully committed to this pledge.’
These were President Buhari’s words earlier today, Wednesday 3 February 2016 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Our movement heartily commends the president for this gesture.
This open recommitment and reassurance is refreshing especially for the parents whose daughters were abducted in their school 660 days ago today.
These words would reignite hope, and the confidence that the president is concerned, and cares as much as he communicated to them 3 weeks ago.
We hope that the federal government would also immediately implement all the other commitments made during the 8 July 2015 meeting and 14 January meeting 3 weeks ago :
I. conducting a fresh investigation into the circumstance around the abduction, and failure to rescue our Chibok girls;
II. institute a feedback mechanism to keep the parents, communities and other interested stakeholders abreast of rescue efforts;
III. provide a citizens-government interface for information/intelligence sharing, and so forth.
We also see this as a best opportunity for the president to visit Chibok to connect with the traumatised parents and community, as well as some key locations in the northeast to boost the morale citizens and the troops at the frontlines.
For and on behalf of
HADIZA BALA USMAN