The Federal Government on Thursday held closed door discussions with relatives of the abducted Chibok girls,briefing them on how far the administration has gone in securing their release from their captors.
The meeting, which centered on Federal Government’s commitment to the safe return of the girls, was between the representative of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil and the families of the girls led by Mrs. Pindar Dauda as well as the youth leader of the Chibok Community.
The president’s representative told parents that the Federal Government under president Jonathan has devised comprehensive counter- insurgency strategies which has its central goals as, reclaiming of occupied territories, rescue of abducted persons, resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and the rehabilitation of insurgency ravaged communities.
” Mr President is pursuing multi- faceted strategies which address the pains ,anger and frustrations of victims . Our President directed me to tell you that his government is committed to doing everything possible for the safe return of your daughters.
” I am here to convey the sympathy of Mr. President and the entire Federal Cabinet to you the parents and families as well as all other victims. As you are all aware ,our military is having the upper hand in this sacred war. We believe by the grace of God that your children will return safely, ” Wakil said.
Speaking further ,the minister hail the families for refusing to support the politicization of the regrettable abduction,adding, ” your presence here to listen to the message of Mr. President confirms your belief in the ongoing counter insurgency operations as a solution to our collective challenge.
” I assure you that not only will rescue operations be successful, the other three goals of reclaiming occupied territories ,resettlement of IDP’s and rebuilding of communities ,will be pursued to a logical conclusion. This is a personal pledge of Mr. President which the entire administration is committed to”, the minister said.
Responding the spokesperson of the parents and families,Mrs. Pindar Dauda thanked the president for his concern and sympathy, while praying for the success of the ongoing military operations.
Speaking in the local language, Mrs. Dauda said :”I appeal to President Jonathan not to relent. He should continue with the war on Boko Haram. He should get our children back for us safely. We are praying for him and the military”, she said.