Nigeria, Swiss Presidents strategize on release of remaining Chibok Girls
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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday drafted out new strategies together with his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset in Katowice, Poland for the release of the remaining Chibok girls.
The mutual meeting held on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24.
The two leaders discussed strategies to ensure the safe return of the girls, building on the past successes of securing the release of some of the Chibok girls and other abducted persons in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
I t will be recalled that 276 female students were kidnapped from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State in April 2014 during President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by the Boko Haram insurgents. Some of the girls have been released following high powered negotiations.
Buhari, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, pledged that his government will not rest until the remaining Chibok girls are safely released.
The number one citizen of Nigeria thanked the Swiss Confederation for its efforts and important role as intermediaries to secure the release of some Chibok girls and assured him that the issue of the remaining kidnapped girls and other abducted persons will remain a ‘’key priority’’ for the Nigerian government.
He also welcomed the Swiss President’s commitment to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and to ensure the safe release of the abducted school girls.
‘‘We will continue to make the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls a priority and will welcome any kind of support from any quarters to make this happen, ‘’ he said.