Yusuf Bello| Seven years after the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, the Presidency on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to securing the release of the remaining missing students.
In a statement, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who noted that rescue efforts is a work in progress, reassured parents and all concerned citizens that the safe return of the students “remain constantly on the minds of government as they are always on the minds of their parents.”
Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014, stormed the school facilities in Chibok, Bornu State, and whisked away over 276 schoolgirls, an incident that drew widespread condemnation across the world.
Although most of the 276 girls escaped or were later released, more than 112 girls are still missing.
As the country marks the seventh anniversary of the abduction, with calls being renewed for the Federal Government to step up its efforts in facilitating the return of the schoolgirls, Shehu called on Nigerians to continue to remember the nation’s military in their prayers.
“No one is giving up hope here. Efforts to secure their release through various channels and activities of the security and intelligence agencies remain on course, he said.
“The recent decisive push by the military against the terrorists gives hope that a breakthrough is possible and could happen anytime soon.
“The Presidency asks for support, understanding, and prayers for the military as they discharge their historic mandate to quickly finish off the insurgency war and free all citizens held hostage.”