The Federal Government on Thursday said it cannot give a time frame for the return of over 200 school girls abducted from a Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
At an event to mark the second anniversary since the abduction of the school girls, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, also refuted claims that the government is making half efforts to rescue the girls.
He urged Nigerians to “exercise some caution and patience and not sound like this can be done but it is not being done.
“I believe that everything that can be done, especially with respect to the rescue of the girls is being done, but there are challenges and we are trying to address those challenges”, he maintained.
A legal practitioner, who is a member of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Ayo Obe, speaking at the same event noted that she will, first, want to see the abducted girls returned to their parents.
She said: “first for all I will want to see the Chibok girls have been restored to their families and we will have commenced the possibly long process of rehabilitating them in every way that we can”, she maintained.
A video appearing to show proof of life of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls was aired, along with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters, unheard of since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram two years ago.
CNN showed the video, reported to be made in December of the girls wearing the hijab and of one mother reaching out to a computer screen as she recognizes her daughter.
CNN reported that the “proof of life” video was sent in December to negotiators trying to free the girls.
“we are all well,” one of the girls said in the video.
Two mothers and 16 fathers of the girls have died since the mass abduction, some of them victims of Boko Haram attacks.
Others died from illnesses blamed on stress, according to Yakubu Nkeki, Head of a Support Group and uncle of two abducted girls.