Sola Ojo, Kaduna
As calls for the release of kidnapped Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu heighten, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday, assured Nigerians that his administration would ensure her release and others in Boko Haram captivity.
President Buhari who stated this through Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Passing Out Parade of 365 cadets of 65 Regular Course Nigeria Army and 66 Regular Course Nigeria Navy and Nigeria Air Force in Kaduna, assured that peace and stability of Nigeria would continue to be the utmost priority of his administration.
He said, “This administration is determined to look in particular at the welfare of the men of our troop everywhere especially, those who are in the areas of conflict in the moment.
“Today residents of northeast are able to celebrate their religious festivals without the blanket of fear that once kept them permanently indoors.
“Schools, markets and road are been reopened daily, farmers are returning to their farms of which they were forced to flee.
“In the last two years, more than a million displaced persons have been reunited with their loved ones.
“Over a hundred of our kidnapped girls from Chibok have regained their freedom after two years in captivity, while the plight of the Dapchi girls was promptly dealt with. This is in addition of captives who have been rescued through special military operations.
“We are committed to ensuring the release of all the women and men held in captivity. Few days ago, Mr. president spoke personally to the anguished mother of Leah Sharibu; who is the only one left still in Boko Haram captivity.
“Mr. President assured her mother that she would be returned home safe. And that commitment Mr. president has made not just to her mother, but to also all the girls and all the young men who are still in Boko Haram captivity today.
“All over the Northeast, our people are been provided with a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding their lives and livelihood.
“The Federal Government is working with the state and international community, the NGOs and Civil Society Organizations to help achieve this”, he further added.
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President Buhari, however, commended the resilience of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the giant stride recorded so far in the fight against insurgency, “The ongoing military stabilisation operation in the Northeast will continue until full normalcy is restored.
“We are not yet out of the woods of course but the progress we have seen embolden us to continue the fight.
“ This administration will continue to demonstrate zero tolerance for crimes and criminality and those who take the laws into their own hands, who bear arms illegally and seek to profit insecurity will be decisively dealt with.”