Alhaji Mohammed Wakil, the Minister of State for Power, on Thursday in Maiduguri held a closed-door meeting with the parents and relatives of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, assuring them of the efforts by the Federal Government to secure the release of the girls.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Mr Olwale Rasheed, and made available to newsmen in Maiduguri.
“The minister held closed door discussions with the parents and relations on behalf of the Federal Government where he briefed them about how far the administration has gone in securing their release from captivity.
“The meeting held on Thursday in Maiduguri centered on the government’s commitment towards safe return of the girls.”
The statement said that Wakil represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the meeting while the families of the girls were led by Mrs Pindar Dauda.
“The youth leaders of the Chibok community were also in attendance with some elders of the community.
“The minister told the parents that the government, under President Goodluck Jonathan, has devised comprehensive counter insurgency strategies which has its central goals of reclaiming of occupied territories, in addition to rescuing abducted persons.
“It also include resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and the rehabilitation of insurgency ravaged communities.
“The President is pursuing a multi-faceted strategies which will address the pains, anger and frustrations of victims.
”Our President has directed me to tell you that his government is committed to doing everything possible for the safe return of your daughters.
“I am here to convey the sympathy of the President and the entire Federal cabinet to you the parents and families as well as all other victims.
“As you are all aware, our military is having the upper hand in this sacred war. We beleive, by the grace of God, that your children will return safely. ”
It hailed the families for refusing to join in the politicisation of the abduction saga.
The statement quoted the spokesman of the families of the abducted girls, Mrs Dauda, as commending the president for his concern and sympathy and prayed for the success of the ongoing military operations.
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