Chidi Samuel || Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President on Wednesday said the government is committed to the release of the remaining Chibok girls still in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
The Vice President gave the assurance in Abuja when he received a delegation of girl child advocates in his office.
Osinbajo, however, warned that such acts perpetrated by the insurgents will not be tolerated going forward.
He said, “It is very important for us that those (Chibok) girls are returned; anyone who has a friend or child or anyone among the girls recognises that girls are more vulnerable than men, especially when they have been abducted by men stronger and older than themselves, and held in captivity for so long.”
“We want to be able to challenge men and women all over the world about this sort of behaviour and this is one of the reasons why we are advocating that this kind of conduct must be met with the greatest possible objection and force,” he added.
“We shouldn’t accept it. We should condemn it for the cowardly and wrongful act that it is, and do our best to give succour to the ladies who have suffered this particular injustice.”
“We’ve had the unfortunate experience of having over 200 Chibok girls that were abducted. Again, as you know, some of them have been rescued; they have returned and are back home. But there are still some who are still out there, who we are still hoping and working every day to bring back home.”
The delegation to the Vice President to mark the International Day of the Girl Child was lead by officials of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Save the Children International and the UNFPA.