Shettima Gives Statewide Address On Suicide Attacks

Kashim Shettima, NEDC, NASS, North East, NortheastGovernor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has given a statewide address concerning the spate of suicide bombing attacks in the state and across the north east of Nigeria.

The full text of the address stated:

“In recent days and weeks, we have come under renewed attacks which horribly remind us, that our security challenges are still longing.

“It is regrettable that this upsurge in cowardly suicide attacks came not long after the patriotic military forces of this country recaptured Sambisa Forest which used to be the operational zone of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“It was from Sambisa that these mass murderers used to train, prepare and launch bold attacks on our communities.

“Our gallant military and other security agencies have now denied them the use of their former high command.”

Strapped Babies

However, the governor said: “We must remind ourselves that the recapture of Sambisa Forest and the flushing out of the terrorists from most of their former enclaves does not mean that our struggle is over.

“Instead, the terrorists have resorted in their usual cowardly fashion, to stepping up attacks on soft targets. Cowardly and vile attacks such as these on schools, places of worship, markets and other soft targets are signs of the terrorists’ weakness and of their desperation to tell their terror co-travellers around the world, that they are not yet finished.

“In this criminal endeavour, they resort to the use of teenagers and children as young as seven years.

“More recently, they even strap babies on the back of their recruits in order to slip through our security dragnets.

“They also use hard drugs on these innocent children who do not know what they are doing when they kill their own parents, relations and fellow countrymen and women.

“Many precious lives have been lost, hundreds of citizens including school girls were abducted; many more people have suffered serious injuries as a result of these senseless acts of bloodthirsty enemies of peace.

“I once again extend my deepest condolence to the families of all those who have lost loved ones or suffered injuries due to these cowardly attacks.

“We pray to Almighty God for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and for the quick recovery of those who suffered injuries.

“In the midst of our pain in these trying times, we must acknowledge the support of international and local humanitarian agencies, development partners and credible NGOs for standing by the good people of Borno state through thick and thin.

Boko Haram Terrorists

“Even though we are all saddened by episodes of attacks, as your Governor, I assure you that I serve with a constant reminder that the number one basis of Government is the protection of innocent lives and property.

“I know the weight of my duties and the oath I took before you and God.

“With your mandate, I have the privilege of first hand security reports and I can share with you, that for every vile attack that the terrorists were able to carry out on innocent lives, many more were stopped by our gallant security agencies, our Civilian JTF, vigilantes and hunters.

“As we know, the intention of terrorists is to demoralise us, make us to live in fear and prevent us from going about our normal lives and worshipping our God in ways that differ from their ungodly violence.

“We will not allow them succeed in their wish to make us live in the permanent slavery of fear.

“Infact, they have failed in their mission because together, we have said no to them and in saying NO, we must not let them cause us any more harm.

“The Government of Borno State will continue to provide the necessary support to our gallant military and security agencies and volunteers in their patriotic effort to restore peace and security in our ancestral land.

“We will continue to take preventive measures by working with community leaders across ethnic and religious divides in all our 27 local government areas to increase community policing. We all have roles to play.

“I know that majority of you, the good people of Borno state, have remained sincerely committed to fighting this insurgency.

“I have met parents who exposed their insurgent biological children and handed them over to security forces to face justice.

“I know that insurgents and their allies, often hide their identity so well that good citizens may innocently associate with them but the bold patriotism of parents who turn in their children has always strengthened our resolve.

“This is why I strongly say to security agencies, that anyone factually suspected of despicable links with the Boko Haram and other criminals should face justice even if that person happens to be one of my three biological children.

“Support for insurgents is a crime against humanity,” he stated.

Remobilise For Community Policing

“I have met parents who encouraged their children to join the Civilian JTF and risk their lives to fight insurgents.

“I have even met parents who remained contended and proud even after their sons died fighting under the Civilian JTF.

“I have seen elderly men and young girls organize themselves to join the fight as vigilantes and the Civilian JTF.

“I know the sacrifices many citizens have made and it is because of your devotion that I am urging all the people of Borno state to rise up as one and increase our community vigilance, especially around soft targets.

“We must re-mobilise ourselves and step up vigilance and community policing around all our population and community centres like mosques, churches, markets, schools, hospitals, shopping complexes, football fields, social gatherings and motor parks.

“We must watch out for strange and suspicious faces, not for the purpose of taking the law into our hands but for reporting these suspicious persons to the nearest security agents for prompt action.

“I urge you, the good people of Borno state, not to despair but to rise as one and stand up to this murderous gasp of a dying insurgency.

“I believe God is with the non-violent. May He crown our efforts with the quick rescue of all our citizens still in captivity and may He grant us enduring peace and prosperity! God bless you!,” Governor Shettima said.

Governor Shettima Commends NASS Efforts On NEDC Creation

Kashim Shettima, NEDC, NASS, North East, NortheastThe Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, has commended lawmakers at the National Assembly for their efforts towards the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Governor Shettima gave the praise on Wednesday while he led a delegation from Nigeria’s northeast to the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said he was optimistic that the commission would address the challenges confronting the region, as a result of the insurgency.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, had said the lawmakers were looking to fast track the passage of the bill to set up the NEDC.

The lawmakers, however believe an institutional framework was required to facilitate the coordination of all the support provided towards the reconstruction and development of the region.

Mr Dogara said the House recognised the need for a legal framework that would address the overall development challenges of the northeast.

He pointed out that the existing legal frameworks on refugees, emergency management and boundary disputes resolution had so far not addressed the plight of the people in the region.

Northern Governors Meet In Kaduna To Tackle Security Issues

Northern Governors Meet In Kaduna To Tackle Security Issues19 northern state governors are meeting on Monday morning in Kaduna state, for the first meeting of the group in 2017.

The Governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, is expected to preside over the meeting.

The meeting which would be holding at the Government House in Kaduna, would involve northern elders and traditional rulers who would be giving a briefing on the security situation across the northern states.

Elder statesman, Maitama Sule, would be in attendance and will be delivering a keynote address on the need for diversification on the economy of the northern state against the backdrop of the economic recession.

The northern states have faced tremendous security challenges since July 2009.

This meeting is expected to address the issues raised and further unite the northern region.

In the most recent attack, Unknown gunmen attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of the state, killing one person and injuring five others.

We Are Working Hard To Rescue Other Chibok Girls – Shettima

chibok-girlsHopes of the parents of the yet to be rescued Chibok girls have been raised, as the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, reassures them that the government is doing everything possible to ensure the return of their daughters.

Over 200 girls were abducted by members of Boko Haram Islamic sect on April 14, 2014.

Since their abduction, less than 70 of them have been rescued, with the last set, 21 of them, spending the Christmas season in their hometown, Chibok.

The girls on Monday spent time with Governor Shettima in Chibok town, where they were taken from their school’s dormitory over two years ago.

Their freedom is an outcome of negotiations with the insurgents brokered by International mediators.

The 21 girls have been in custody of the Federal Government in Abuja and their visit to Chibok saw huge presence of armed soldiers and officials of the Department of State Security who remained their strict guards throughout their stay.

Nothing Is Too Much

The girls appeared excited meeting Governor Shettima again after they had met him in Abuja days after their freedom from Boko Haram’s captivity.

One of the girls handed over a picture to Governor Shettima

Governor Shettima told the girls that with their cheerful mood, the next concern had to be their future.

“As you know, 56 of your colleagues who escaped abduction are currently in two international schools where they have been since 2014.

“We are taking care of all their educational needs from school fees to other basics.

“Left to me, I would want the 21 of you to join them in those two schools so that you can all feel at home and move on.

“However, the Federal Government has a plan which we will jointly discuss and come up with a decision that is acceptable to you our daughters.

“President Muhammadu Buhari loves you so much and he is deeply concerned about our daughters that are yet to be freed. He is working on that and we are all working” Shettima said.

Consoling parents whose daughters are yet to be rescued, Governor Shettima said all hands are on deck to ensure the return of all the girls.

“Nothing is too much for these girls and their parents.

“They have suffered too much and deserve our support” the Governor said.

The happy girls presented a gift of a medium size photo frame with a bold ‘THANK YOU’ printed on it to the Governor. ‎

The frame has pictures the Governor took with the girls when he visited them in Abuja months back. The frame also has individual pictures of each of the 21 girls.

Glory Dama, one of the 21 girls, presented the photo frame on behalf of her colleagues. She said they deeply appreciate the show of love by Governor Shettima and his wife, Nana Shettima.

PDP Calls Ali Modu Sheriff, Others ‘Agents Of Darkness’

Sheriff, Ali Modu-Sheriff, PDP, Makarfi,The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has described the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party as agents of darkness, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State is not the Chairman of the party.

In a statement on Monday, the opposition party said its attention had been drawn to “another set of garbage and tissues of lies put together by the discredited loyalists of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff in the name of a press statement”.

The party stated that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in the statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

The statement by the spokesman for the party, Dayo Adeyeye, read: “The National Caretaker Committee, which has been confirmed severally by the Courts as the authentic body saddled with the responsibility of providing leadership for the Party pending the hosting of an elective Convention, would have ignored the ranting of these men of dishonour but leaving them to continue deceiving Nigerians at this time would not be in the interest of democracy.

“First and foremost, we wish to state categorically that in consonance with Judgement of various Courts, which Ali Modu-Sheriff and his team of confused travellers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP.

“His consistent claim to the Office is a continuation of the plans to cause mayhem in our Party but nature and fair justice has taken care of his desperation”.

Non-PDP Members

The PDP further stated that “it is amusing that these musketeers could be accusing the National Caretaker Committee of being the reason why the Party is facing challenges in terms of unfavourable election results especially in Edo and Ondo States when it’s not a secret to all Nigerians that these group of non-PDP members were the ones who frustrated the Party on all fronts.

“It is common knowledge that Mr Jimoh Ibrahim whom they pushed as front at the Ondo Poll before the Appelate Courts reversed the anomaly, openly campaigned for their Party, the APC.

“We are also aware of the various claims made in the Statement wherein the agents of darkness, used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cause confusion and frustrate our campaign for the Ondo Election, accused the Caretaker Committee of impunity”.

Enemies Of Progress

The PDP pointed out that “what they have done and are still doing is the worst form of impunity, lawlessness, greed and avarice.

“No matter what they say, we are determined as a political Party to forge ahead, and put our house in order even without their inputs.

“The National Caretaker Committee have not called for their expulsion against the claims they are making, the time for that has not come,” the party said, warning that the rain of vengeance will not hang forever in the clouds,” the party said.

It further urged its loyal members to keep the faith as the Appellate Courts would do justice to the various appeals pending before it at the appropriate time “to put an end to the antics of these enemies of progress masquerading as members of our Party”.

The party’s division become obvious when the former chairman of the party Ali Modu Sheriff was removed at a convention in Port Harcourt.

After that convention, the embattled leader secured several court orders that further scuttled unity in the party.

The extent of the division was further seen when the party produced two different candidates for the Edo State and Ondo State governorship elections.

In the latest election in Ondo, the party lost to the All Progressives Congress, a defeat that had been largely attributed to the division in the party.


Intensify Mop-up Operations In Northeast, Obasanjo Tells Military

olusegun obasanjo in mop-up operations in northeastNigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged the military to intensify mop up operations in liberated villages in northeast Nigeria, as displaced persons prepare to return home.

The former president, who is in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on a two-day familiarisation visit in the University of Maiduguri, said although the war against insurgents was far from over, there was evidence that the Nigerian Army was winning.

“Not Out Of The Woods Yet”

Obasanjo’s last visit to Maiduguri was in September 2011 at the heat of the six year old insurgency.

He believes that security in the troubled town has greatly improved compared to the situation during his last visit.

“We are not out of the woods yet but it will appear we can see the light beyond the tunnel.

“There is no doubt that with the combined efforts of the local, state, federal and the community level that our security forces are on ascendency over the forces of destruction.” Obasanjo told the State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in a meeting held at the Government House.

The octogenarian is positive that “at this rate all Internally Displaced Persons should have vacated makeshift camps and return to their towns by December this year”.

Obasanjo, a retired military general, said he had been talking to Nigeria’s president, Muhammad Buhari, on the most effective approach to the insurgency problem and humanitarian issues surrounding it.

Obasanjo said he was saddened by the alarming number of Widows and orphans caused by insurgency, maintaining that they must be empowered and given life again, as they prepare to return home.

Governor Kashim Shettima agreed with the former President on the improved security situation in the state and the need to support victims of insurgency, as the state continues to count its enormous losses.

According to the Governor, at least one million private homes, 512 primary schools, 38 secondary schools, 201 healthcare centres, 1630 water sources and 665 municipal buildings were among destruction carried out by Boko Haram terrorists.

This is in addition to other monumental losses that had forced the government to spend state funds on compensation to victims to dissuade them from joining Boko Haram.

Shettima is hopeful that the end of Boko Haram is near while calling for Federal Government’s assistance in the ongoing rebuilding project the state government is undertaking.

Borno Governor, Muslim Clerics, Others Seek Solution To Mosque Attacks

Kassim-ShettimaThe Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has held talks with heads of security agencies, a traditional ruler, community leaders and Muslim clerics to develop fresh strategies to prevent attacks on places of worship which is on the increase.

At the meeting held on Sunday were The General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, the Police Commissioner, the Director of the DSS, the Shehu of Borno, ‎Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi, Imams of mosques in Maiduguri, community leaders and other senior officers of security agencies.

The meeting was held at the Government House Multipurpose Hall in Maiduguri, the capital of the state.

It was convened by Governor Shettima with the aim of preventing recent tricks deployed by suspected Boko Haram insurgents who attack worshippers at predawn prayers in mosques around Maiduguri.

The meeting began hours after four suicide bombers died in an unsuccessful attack.

Governor Shettima told the ‎participants that similar meetings would be held by the Emirs of Biu and Shani and other local government areas that were not yet under attack in order for worshippers not to be taken unawares.

Participants at the meeting are expected to use their offices to ensure that worshippers in every mosque across the over 30 wards in Maiduguri, Jere and surrounding areas adhere strictly to the resolutions reached at the meeting in order to enhance community policing.

The Shehu of Borno is confident that the resolutions would chart a course for a safer Borno State.

Security representatives also underscored the importance of collaboration to face insurgency head on.

On Friday, two attacks on mosques in Maiduguri and Yola claimed at least 36 lives.

Six persons were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Maiduguri while 30 others were killed in another attack on a mosque in Yola hours later.

Northern Governors Inaugurate Committee To Identify Boko Haram Sponsors

Boko HaramThe Northern Governors Forum, has inaugurated the committee on the Review of Criminal Justice System with a mandate to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram sect and ensure their prosecution.

Inaugurating the committee in Kaduna State on Friday, Chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered as the military have dislodged them from their strongholds in the northeast.

He expressed confidence of victory against the terrorist group because of the commitment shown by the Federal Government and the professional manner the military kicked the group out of their strongholds.

Governor Shettima, while explaining that the Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated tremendously by troops, lamented that terrorism and other related crimes in the region have continued to increase due to the absence of an effective uniformed legal framework to deal with perpetrators of such criminal acts in the region.

Therefore, among the committee’s terms of reference is to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents and come up with appropriate punishment against such persons and to also review the current penal code with a view to identifying its weaknesses and challenges in the overall administration of justice in the region, among others.

According to the Northern Governors, the criminal justice system that is being used in the region presently, is the one that was inherited from the colonial masters.

The system was outdated and no longer in conformity with the current security challenges.

The committee was advised to ensure that the new criminal justice system is in conformity with the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as any Act of the National Assembly.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, who represented Governor Nasir El-Rufai, expressed optimism that the challenges posed by insecurity would be reduced to the barest minimum if there are effective laws in place to deal with perpetrators of such crimes.

A member of the newly inaugurated committee and SSG of Kaduna State, Balarabe Lawal, gave the assurance that the committee would cover all the terms of reference given to them by the governors.

The committee was given two months to complete the assignment.

Days Of Boko Haram Are Numbered – Northern Governors

Boko HaramThe Northern Governors Forum, has said that the days of the Boko Haram insurgents are numbered as they will soon be wiped out.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, said this in Kaduna on Friday during the inauguration of the committee on the Review of the Criminal justice system of Northern Nigeria.

He, however, expressed confidence of victory against the terrorist group because of the commitment shown by the Federal Government and the professional manner the military kicked the group out of their strongholds.

Governor Shettima, while explaining that the Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated tremendously by troops, lamented that terrorism and other related crimes in the region have continued to increase by the day due to the absence of an effective uniformed legal framework to deal with perpetrators of such criminal acts in the region.

Among their terms of reference, is to identify the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgents and come up with appropriate punishment against such persons and to also review the current penal code with a view to identifying its weaknesses and challenges in the overall administration of justice in the region among others.

According to the Northern Governors, the criminal justice system that is being used in the region presently, is the one that was inherited from the colonial masters.

The system was outdated and is no longer in conformity with the current security challenges.

They advised that the new Criminal Justice System must be in conformity with the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as any Act of the National Assembly.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex, who represented Governor Nasir El-Rufai, expressed optimism that the challenges posed by insecurity would be reduced to the barest minimum if there are effective laws in place to deal with perpetrators of such crimes.


Military, Vigilantes Commended For Efforts To Repel Attack On Zabarmari

videosThe Borno State government and residents have commended the Nigerian military and vigilantes for their gallant efforts in repelling Friday night’s attack by insurgents on Zabarmari village, a satellite town outside Maiduguri in volatile north-east Nigeria.

The insurgents had reportedly pitched their tent in Koshebe, a neighbouring town, from where they mobilised and attacked.

They were confronted by the military and youth vigilantes for two hours but later gained entry into Zabarmari, where they looted food items and bombarded the town.

Witnesses say five civilians and two soldiers died in the attack.

Stronghold Of Boko Haram 

Koshebe village in Mafa, barely 27 kilometres away from Maiduguri is now one of the latest strongholds of the Boko Haram insurgents.

Villagers of Zabarmari have fled their town for fear of further attacks from the assailants now just few kilometres away.

Some of the fleeing locals do not feel safe even in Maiduguri, the state’s capital, as they expressed worries that they could still be attacked.

Residents say Friday night’s experience could have been worse if the military did not stand their ground until they were later overpowered.

The Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, is positive that the insurgents are losing the war.

Governor Kashim equally assured hundreds of locals taking refuge in a school in old Maiduguri to return home.

The 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri has since sent reinforcements to boost the fighting power of troops on ground.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, said the Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east have been seriously degraded by troops of the Nigerian military.

Minimah’s statement is coming in spite of the latest attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State that have claimed several lives.

At the passing out ceremony of 152 officers of the Direct Short Service Course 22 held at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Corps, Jaji in Kaduna State on Saturday, the Army Chief tasked the officers on commitment to safeguarding the nation and its citizens.

Former Borno Governor, Modu Sheriff, Turns Self In To EFCC

Ali-Modu-SheriffA former Governor of Borno State, in north-east Nigeria, Modu Sheriff, has turned self in to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to be investigated for allegations of corruption.

Mr Sheriff handed himself to the anti-grant agency on Wednesday and is still in the custody of the agency.

A spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told Channels Television that the former Governor had been accused of corrupt practices and had been taken in.

The EFCC had on April 23, moved to declare the former Governor wanted when he failed to honour its invitations for questioning.

The allegations against the former governor are not clear.

Mr Sheriff governed Borno State on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party.

Before he became Governor, he was a Senator between 1999 and 2003 on the ticket of the same party.

He was a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress before he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.


Goodluck Jonathan Is Like Jesus Christ – Doyin Okupe

OkupeA Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, on Monday, said “President Jonathan is like Jesus Christ, who the Christian faithful call the saviour of the world”, because the manner in which he (Jonathan) bears the burden of Nigerians is the same way Jesus Christ bore the burden of the world.

“People do not understand the burden this president is bearing. He’s like Jesus Christ. He’s bearing the burden of everybody,” Okupe said while commenting on the state of the nation on Sunrise Daily.

According to him, the efforts of the government in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency as well as in power were being hindered by external factors, even as the nation gears up for the 2015 elections, which Okupe said would be impossible for Jonathan to lose.

“I can’t see GEJ losing this election; It’s not possible.”

On managing serious challenges in Nigeria and also campaigning for a second term in government, Okupe noted that “the beauty of executive is being able to multitask,” which he said was one quality the President had.

However, there have been complaints concerning two major issues – security and power.

On electricity, Okupe explained that Nigeria has been “under-powered” for many years, noting that in Ikeja, Lagos State, the electrical infrastructure on ground is about 35 years old.

He admitted that “power is a problem”, which was why the government was working to improve generation and distribution, through the power reform.

He also noted that the equipment were expensive which had caused the private owners to borrow billions of dollars. “We are not there yet but we are certainly on an irreversible road to better power supply,” he further insisted.

Asked why the government did not first work on changing equipment before increasing generation, which also costs money, Okupe said that there was a limit the government could do as power was controlled 100% by the private sector.

“In the power situation, we are not there yet. We are definitely on a road that cannot change,” he emphasised, hinting that the government is working on huge dam projects to allow the private owners work effectively on distribution.

He also claimed that government efforts were being sabotaged by politicians who sponsor vandals to attack gas pipelines.

“We noted that there were 10 NIPP projects which were performing below 50 per cent”, he disclosed, alleging that some persons were making sure they underperformed so as to make the government appear incompetent.

He, however, added that the rate of sabotage had reduced in the past year.

On the state of security in Nigeria’s North East region, Okupe commended the government’s efforts, noting that all aspects of the war against terror, including funding, administration were being worked upon.

“Today, the Nigerian Army is in total and perfect control,” of North East, he added.

On the recent comments made by Governor of Borno State, Okupe said the governor “never fails to amaze me”, adding that majority of problems of insurgency was situated in his state but he was travelling to Lagos, London and other nations, to discuss insurgency but failed to meet the President on the matter.

Okupe argued that Boko Haram was a “multinational, international insurgency arrangement in Nigeria” as the group had links with ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other international terrorist groups.

He also said he did not know about the identity of the sponsors as he was not working with security.

He also claimed that there were huge political considerations in the fight against Boko Haram, making an example of General Buhari, who Okupe said had polled over 12 million votes in the North in the last election.

Okupe alleged that Buhari had said any attack on Boko Haram was an attack on the North and that Buhari’s recent condemnation of Boko Haram was as a result of his fourth bid to become Nigeria’s president.

#BringBackOurGirls Not Time Bound

Speaking about the 219 schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity, Okupe said “the issue of Chibok girls was (an) emotion(al) tragedy but it is a tragedy that we must bear with fortitude,” noting that issues such as rape, murder and other atrocities were common in war.

“Chibok girls are a major thorn in the flesh of the administration,” he explained, stating that “If it was possible to get them yesterday I know that this government would have done it”.

He also called for caution in the rescue mission, noting that “any mistake will lead to their death” and that there’s no time limit for returning the girls alive.