Buhari Meets With Released Chibok Girls

muhammadu-buhari-and-chibok-girls-at-presidential-villaPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on Wednesday met with the 21 Chibok girls recently released by Boko Haram after over two years in captivity.

Addressing the girls at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari acknowledged the hard times the girls faced throughout their period in captivity.

He said it was a happy moment for him, Nigerians and the parents of the girls taken from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, a community in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

“My dear children. This is a happy moment for me and for all Nigerians. I welcome you back to freedom. It is a moment your parents, the Nation and the International Community have been eagerly waiting for, since your abduction on 14th April 2014.

“We must from the onset, thank Almighty God for this day that 21 of the Chibok girls have again breathed the air of freedom and are reunited with their parents.

“We are equally prayerful, that God in his infinite mercies and benevolence, will see to it that the girls remaining in captivity will be freed and returned to us soonest,” President Buhari stated.

On that night, 276 young female Nigerian students were abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok by Boko Haram.

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Muhammadu Buhari says efforts will continue to secure the release of other girls

Fortunately, 57 of the kidnapped school girls were able to escape, leaving 219 in captivity.

The abduction triggered global protests, popularising a slogan – Bring Back Our Girls.

However, in May 2016, glimpse of hope of the rescue rekindled when one of the abducted girls, Amina Ali, was found.

On Thursday, October 13, 21 of the girls were released, a development that has been described as a surprise.

A happy President Buhari said that the release of these 21 girls followed series of negotiations between Government and the Boko Haram group, brokered by friends of the Nigerian government, both local and International.

Quick Reintegration

He said: “Since this Administration assumed office, we have been working towards the safe release of the girls.

“The Nigerian DSS, Military and other Security Agencies have spared no effort to secure our girls. These 21 girls are the manifestation of our doggedness and commitments to the release and return of the Chibok girls.

“While joining their parents to rejoice and praise the Almighty, we shall redouble efforts to ensure that we fulfill our pledge of bringing the remaining girls back home.

“Already, the credible first step has been taken and Government will sustain the effort until all the remaining girls return safely”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari having a chat with one of the released girls and her child

He pledged that the 21 girls would be given adequate and comprehensive medical, nutritional and psychological care and support.

“The Federal Government will rehabilitate them, and ensure that their reintegration back to the Society is done as quickly as possible.

“Aside from rescuing them, we are assuming the responsibility for their personal, educational and professional goals and ambitions in life. Obviously, it is not late for the girls to go back to school and continue the pursuit of their studies.

“These dear daughters of ours have seen the worst that the world has to offer. It is now time for them to experience the best that the world can do for them. The Government and all Nigerians must encourage them to achieve their desired ambitions.

“The Federal Government appreciates the patience and understanding of the parents of all the abducted Chibok girls. We equally thank Nigerians and the International Community for their support and prayers, and for never losing confidence in our ability to secure the safe release of our girls,” he stated.

The president also congratulated the 21 released girls, their parents, the Chibok Community the security agencies and all Nigerians on a day he referred to as a day of delight and rejoicing.

On Sunday, a thanksgiving service was held for the girls where they also reunited with their parents.

Speaking at the church service held in Abuja, the Minister of Information Mr Lai Mohammed, announced that “the Federal Government is negotiating with Boko Haram for the release of the remaining Chibok Girls”.

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Tears flowed freely, as parents embrace their children

It was an atmosphere of celebration, with the girls singing and dancing, thanking God for their release.

Endured Captivity

At a point, one of the girls took the microphone and sang thanksgiving songs and the others joined her in the merriment, serenading the environment  with a feeling of joy and relief.

For over two years they have endured captivity in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.

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A parent, who could not hold back her joy, strapped her daughter to her back

Their freedom last Thursday took the world by surprise.

One of the girls, Gloria Dame, who spoke on behalf of the group in Hausa, said they were grateful to be alive.

After her speech, the service continued, with a priest delivering words of encouragement to the girls.

In his sermon, Dr. Shiktra Kwali told the girls that as they start a new life in freedom, they should not allow the experience of the past to weigh them down.

He further urged them to remain steadfast in serving the Lord, who has not forsaken them even in captivity.

Boko Haram: Police To Provide Security In Liberated Towns

Police-Don-AwunahThe Acting Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris, says the police is already establishing civil authority in communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists in affected states.

The police chief told journalists in Maiduguri that the move is to relieve the military and to also enable displaced persons return home in the shortest possible time.

The IG was speaking during the launch of a Police Medical Outreach for the internally displaced living at the Muna Garage Camp in Maiduguri.

He said the initiative is in tandem with the Nigerian Air Force and military medical outreach among the displaced.

The IGP has also assured citizens of adequate security to communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorists to enable Displaced Persons return home soonest.

Idris said the visit was aimed at synergising with the military on the process of returning civil authorities to liberated communities.

He has assured officers and men of the police force that their welfare would be adequately catered for.

The IGP also distributed food items and other relief materials to support the IDPs even as plans to fortify their hometowns and establish civil rule intensifies.

IGP Idris was accompanied by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General of the Prison Service, Ahmed Ja’afar and Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu

APC Chieftain Asks Buhari To Cushion Nigerians’ Sufferings

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to implement programmes that would have direct impact on the people especially by finding solutions to the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria.

While addressing journalists on Sunday, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Kawu Baraje, also blamed the leadership of the party for being docile to the plight of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, as it affects his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He asked the party to stand by him, as a loyal party member.

Mr Baraje was a former National Secretary and former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party before teaming up with others to form the All Progressive Congress, (APC).

At his residence in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, the chieftain of the APC was full of disappointment for what he called impunity and lack of respect for rule of law which is now rearing its head with the present government.

Nigerians need to enjoy the dividends of democracy, he said, pointing out that they are not happy with the present government which has not been able to solve most of the nation’s challenges.

He cautioned the party to ensure that what led to the downfall and failure of the Peoples Democratic Party was avoided.

Commenting on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, he described the development as unfortunate.

Every member of the party, he said, should feel belonged and wondered why the voice and presence of the national leadership had not been felt in the case and on the re-run elections in Rivers State which he claimed should have been won by his party.

He said that out of the 115 re-run elections that had been conducted so far, APC lost in most of them which he attributed to lackadaisical attitude of members of the national leadership of the party.

President Buhari Appoints New Commandant-General For NSCDC

Buhari on NSCDCPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu, as the new Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Mr Abdullahi Muhammadu succeeded Dr Ade Abolurin, who has retired from service.

Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, who was an Assistant Commandant-General of the NSCDC before his new appointment, hails from Muye in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.

He holds a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of Sokoto, and a Masters in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

President Buhari wishes Dr Abolurin a happy retirement.