Barely 48 hours after controversial numbers of Dapchi abducted schoolgirls were released by their abductors, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the girls and their parent of safety,just as he urged them to pursue their dreams unconditionally.
Buhari informed the innocent children that their safety were paramount to his government and that efforts were on to also rescue remaining Chibok schoogirls and other Nigerians in captivity of terrorists.
It could be recalled that the girls were released by Boko Haram two days ago, weeks after members the group abducted from Government Girls Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State.
Speaking the children who were in Aso Rock to meet with the president after their released, Buhari confirmed that 105 Dapchi schoolgirls and two others previously abducted by the insurgents were unconditionally released by their abductors, and that the development which he described as cheering and hearty, signified commitment of his administration to security and well-being of all Nigerians.
“To the rescued students, we want to reassure you as our daughters that you will freely live and pursue your dreams in Nigeria of peace and order, without fear of violence or molestation.
“While parents of the Dapchi girls rejoice because of the reunion with their children, I want to appeal to the Chibok Community never to lose hope or to despair.
“We are determined as never before, to bring back our remaining Chibok daughters and this, we must accomplish and that will be soon, by God’s grace,” he added.
The president, who visited Yobe State a week ago during which he sympathised with the parents, families, and people of the state on the tragic abduction of the students in Dapchi, reminded that he made a solemn pledge that Federal Government would do everything possible to ensure the unconditional release of the girls.
“We are never in doubt about our focus and direction since the assumption of this administration – security, anti-corruption and revamping of our economy are the main focus of our government.
“We reached out to our contacts at home and abroad, we embarked on backchannel shuttles with a clear view to bringing to an end this tragedy.
“We entered into negotiations solely to make sure that no single girl was hurt. This strategy paid off as the girls have been released without any incidents,” the President added.