President Buhari pledges to ensure rescue of remaining Chibok schoolgirls

President Buhari pledges to ensure rescue of remaining Chibok schoolgirls

One other, Leah Sharibu, remains captive because she refused to convert to Islam, her freed classmates have said.

He further challenged the federal government to prove his claims wrong or "stop negotiating for numerous girls that don't exist". They wanted detained members taken to Damaturu and they will move the girls to Buni-Yardi for swap somewhere in between. At least 112 Chibok schoolgirls are believed to still be in captivity.

In September 2015, Buhari raises the possibility of an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.

"Far more support must also be provided for past victims".

There are about 100 girls left in Boko Haram captivity after the escape and release, through negotiation, of over 150 others.

Speaking in the Hausa language, she said, "We are the Chibok girls..."

Buhari, in a message to the parents of the girls yesterday, urged the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters.

UNICEF said the Federal Government had made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack, "and UNICEF stands with them to implement the Safe Schools Declaration, by which Nigeria commits to protecting schools and universities from violence and military use during armed conflict".

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A group of young women shown in a video released by Boko Haram on Monday are purported to be among the more than 200 abducted from Chibok, northeast Nigeria, on April 14, 2014. "Most of those in attendance were the parents of the missing schoolgirls; not more than 30 persons joined us for the prayers".

"Today, FOUR years ago, 219 girls were abducted from a school in Chibok, Borno State". We invited everybody including the state governor, whom we learnt is out of the country at the moment.

Every year on the anniversary of their daughters' disappearance, the parents gather in Chibok to pray for their safe return.

"We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you". It is usually very easy to manage a situation where one child is dead, that could be understandable.

He said federal government should also be forthcoming with credible information about the remaining girls.

"The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", the statement quoted UNICEF representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall as saying.

If they are divorced or the men are killed that is when Shekau's decision takes precedence, and in this instance, since the girls have been indoctrinated, their leader has no right to negotiate for their release, no matter the ransom offered, reliable multiple sources said. "But that does not set aside the need for all of them to be rescued by government".

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