2 years after: Presidency unsure of when Chibok girls will return

– Presidency assures on return of missing Chibok girls

 – Refuses to state exactly when the girls would be reunited with their parents

The presidency has cast doubts on when the over 219 Chibok girls will be reunited with their parents, exactly two years after being declared missing.

This much was disclosed by vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo during a roundtable discussion in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday, April 13.

In April, 2014, over 200 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from their boarding house in Chibok, a community in Borno state, north eastern Nigeria, and have not returned ever since.

The sudden disappearance of the girls raised dust worldwide, with so many international figures joining the call for the return of the students and the subsequent prosecution of the terrorists.

There have been series of reports detailing some escapees narrating their ordeal in the hands of the die-hard insurgents, who also recently demanded about N10billion before releasing the schoolgirls. But Nigerians, especially the parents of the girls would have none of those unless they are re-united with their children.

The Cable.ng quoted the number two Nigerian citizen as saying that the current administration considers the return of Chibok schoolgirls a priority but cannot state specifically when this would be achieved.

While appealing to Nigerians to exercise patience with the federal government, Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari has not failed to challenge the military on coming up with the best possible formula to ensure the return of the girls.

He said: “At every security council meeting that I have attended, the president has always been concerned about Chibok girls.

He thinks of how this can be done quickly. “But it’s a very delicate issue and we cannot say we can deal with it next week. Every rescue attempt must take the safety of the girls into consideration.

“From the security reported we get, we will be able to bring back the girls but we must exercise some caution and patience and not sound as if it can be done but it’s not being done.”

Today, April 14, Nigerians and other sympathisers from other parts of the world will still have their hopes high on the possible return of the missing Chibok girls.

Meanwhile, reports by Pogu Bitrus, the chairman of the Chibok Community Development Association, have it that at least 14 of the Chibok girls’ parents have died without seeing their girls alive.

Enoch Mark, one of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls, said they have lost faith in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to save their daughters.

The Cable reports that Mark said that he had expected the Buhari administration to do more in rescuing the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped from their dormitory at Chibok Borno state, on April 14, 2014.

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