By our reporter| Bornu state governor, Babagana Zulum on Wednesday said he remains optimistic that the abducted Chibok schoolgirls will be rescued, seven years after they were kidnapped by the terror group, Boko Haram.
The 276 Chibok school girls aged between 12 and 17 were abducted on April 14, 2014, from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
Many of the girls have been rescued, with about 100 of them still in captivity.
“As a father of all sons and daughters of Borno, I haven’t lost hope that our remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted persons will be safely recovered,” the governor said on Wednesday.
Governor Zulum who noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is concerned as the parents of the Chibok girls, however, called for more prayers from Borno residents for the safe return of the students.
“Countless times, the President has shown me that he is not losing hope on the Chibok girls,” Zulum said about Buhari who swept to power in 2015 on a three-pronged promise of tackling insecurity, fighting corruption, and rebuilding the country’s decaying infrastructure, he said.
“He says to me although a number of our girls were reunited with their parents and are being catered for by the Federal Government, he is not happy until the remaining girls are freed.”
“While we pray, our prayers are being combined with relentless support for security agencies and funding thousands of our recruited volunteers, as we all remain determined in our shared goal to free Borno and all its people,” the governor added in a message in which he also acknowledged the mental torture parents of the abducted students are going through.