From: Linus Oota, Lafia
The Nigerian Military has promise to do all within its powers to ensure that every Nigerian being held in captivity is released and allowed to join their families to continue their normal life in the society.
Speaking while receiving a peace flag of the Nigerian army, at the Army headquarters Garrison, by a group under the auspices of Africa Arise for Change Network in conjunction with FCT Market Women Association to mark the release of the 82 Chibok girls, Lt. Col. Adamu Usman expressed gratitude for the safe return of the girls.
According to him, “It is not over until it is over. We want to assure Nigerians that the army and the Nigerian government won’t relent until this battle is won,” he said.
He thanked the women, Nigerian media as well as civil societies for their support and prayers for the military and promise to present the peaceful flag received from the women to the appropriate quarters.
Speaking earlier, FCT coordinator, Africa Arise for Change Network Princess Lillian Cosmos commended president Buhari for keeping to his promise and facilitating the freedom of the girls after three years and urged Nigerians to rally round the president in prayers as he continue to work for the release of the remaining chibok girls and other Nigerians held captive by the insurgents.
According to the coordinator “The large number of persons present here is a proof that we are all elated at the joy of freedom for the latest batch of Chibok Girls to be freed from captivity. As would be expected, the large multitude here today is dominated by mothers
“The release of the Chibok Girls might appear to have delayed but we take cognizance of the fact that all hopes were lost in the months after their abduction until the coming of president Buhari’s administration, we therefore commend president Buhari for keeping to his promise, we also use this opportunity to thank the military for pushing the terrorists to a point where a prisoner swap was possible
“we however want to appeal to the federal government not to relent on efforts to bring home the remaining girls and any other person still being held hostage by the terrorists, no one deserves to remain with those killers one minute longer than necessary, the military must be empowered to wipe out the remnant of Boko Haram in the north east of the country and any where they might be as we must all exhibit zero tolerance for the reprehensible acts they are guilty of” she said