Nigeria: President Buhari re-affirm commitment to rescuing 200 Chibok girls
By Mohammad Ibrahim
As President Muhammadu Buhari marked a year in office today, he re-affirmed his administration's commitment to rescuing the remaining over 200 Chibok girls from their Boko Haram militants. It could be recalled that the over 200 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants in year 2014 in Chibok, Borno State North Eastern part of the country and since then only two of the girls were freed by the troops few weeks ago. President Buhari at a national broadcast to mark his one year anniversary said the girls safety is of paramount concern to him and to most Nigerians. " Fellow citizens let me end on a happy note, to the delight of all, two of the abducted Chibok girls have regained their freedom. During the last one year, not a single day passed without my agonizing about these girls. " Our efforts have centred around negotiations to free them safely from their mindless captors. We are still pursuing that course. Their safety is of paramount concern to me and I am sure to most Nigerians. I am very worried about the conditions those still captured might be in. "Today I re-affirm our commitment to rescuing our girls. We will never stop until we bring them home safely. As I said before, no girl should be put through the brutality of forced marriage and every Nigerian girl has the right to an education and a life choice," he said. On international partners, president Buhari said " we want to assure our neighbors, friends and development partners that Nigeria is firmly committed to democratic principles. " We are ready partners in combating terrorism, cyber crimes, control of communicable diseases and protection of the environment. Following on the Paris Agreement, COP 21, we are fully committed to halting and reversing desertification. "Elsewhere, we will intensify efforts to tackle erosion, ocean surge, flooding and oil spillage which I referred to earlier by implementing the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report. "We are grateful to the international community notably France, the US, UK and China for their quick response in helping to tackle the recent Ebola outbreak in our sub-region. " We also acknowledge the humanity shown by the Italian and German governments in the treatment of boat people, many fleeing from our sub-region because of lack of economic opportunity. We thank all our partners especially several countries in the EU. "We appreciate the valuable work that the UN agencies, particularly UNICEF, ICRC, the World Food Program have been doing. We must also appreciate the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Global Fund and Educate A Child of Qatar for the excellent work in our health, education and other sectors," he said.