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Chibok girls: Speaker urges special prayers

By NAN   |   16 October 2016   |   12:57 pm

Some of the 21 freed Chibok girls are received at the Nigerian Vice President office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

Some of the 21 freed Chibok girls are received at the Nigerian Vice President office in Abuja on October 13, 2016. Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday.<br />Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA / AFP

The Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has called on Nigerians to offer special prayers for the safe release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls.

Abdullahi (APC-Umaisha/Ugya) made the call on Sunday in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Gowna, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Keffi.

NAN recalls that about 276 girls were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok by some Boko Haram insurgents in Borno on April 14, 2014.


On Oct.13, the Federal Government confirmed the release of 21 of the kidnapped girls in addition to the 50 that had earlier escaped from the abductors.

The speaker said that the release of the 21 girls had proved that the federal government was committed to ending militancy and other security challenges in the country.

He statement called on Nigerians to join hands with the government towards tackling the security challenges facing the country.

“The news of the release of 21 abducted Chibok girls is not only exciting but also give us the hope that the remaining Chibok girls will be released in due course so that they can reunite with their families members for the overall development of the country.

“The development over the release of these girls by Boko Haram has also signalled the hope of the country to overcome its present security and other challenges.

“We are commending the federal government and security operatives’ efforts and commitment for a job well done towards ensuring the release of the abducted Chibok girls,” Abdullahi said.

He also urged the federal government to do more in order to ensure the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls and other abducted Nigerians in the interest of peace and national development.

Besides, he urged Nigerians to be patient and support government policies and programmes, adding that better things are coming ahead to improve the standard of living of citizens.

The speaker also enjoined Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religion and political affiliation.




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