Govt reiterates commitment to rescue Chibok girls two years after



Two years after the abduction of more than 200 girls in a secondary school in Chibok by Boko Haram sect, the Federal Government has again reiterated its commitment to bring back the girls and many others safely from captivity.

The Vice President, Prof. Yomi Osinbajo, who re-echoed the position of government yesterday in Abuja while delivering remarks at the roundtable discussion on vulnerable people and conflict situations in Nigeria organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), said the commitment to rescue the girls is still much on the front-burner just like every other vulnerable child in the country that has faced one form of danger or the order because of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said it would engage in week-long activities with its 50 affiliates to commemorate the two years abduction of Chibok girls.

The President of the Congress, Ayuba Wabba, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, said about six million members of the Congress would mark the anniversary nationwide.

He said: “NLC, with its 50 affiliate industrial unions nation-wide and six million organised members, joins the world to demand for the safe return of the abducted school girls of Chibok Secondary School who were abducted two years ago from their school by the Boko Haram group.

“NLC hereby calls on Nigerian government to intensify the security measures to liberate the girls. We acknowledge the commendable efforts of Buhari administration to smash the dens of the Boko Haram terrorists. The point cannot be overstated that only the return of the Chibok girls would convince the world that the war on terror in Nigeria is not just the war to reclaim territories, but to regain lives.”

Vice President Osinbajo said: “The Chibok girls obviously remain the focus of a lot of our attention on vulnerable persons. Also, we must remember that even before the Chibok girls, we had the Bunu Yadi boys at the Bunu Yadi Secondary School in Yobe State, 59 of them killed in their boarding house just a couple of months before the Chibok incident.

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