The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has said
he does not know if the kidnapped Chibok girls can be
rescued because their whereabouts remains unknown.
He, however, promised that his government would
rescue them if they were still alive.
Buhari said this in a statement to mark the first year
anniversary of the kidnap of 276 schoolgirls from
Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by
Boko Haram on April 14, last year.
In the statement which he personally signed on
Monday, Buhari said, “As we remember the kidnap of
the girls, it is time to reflect on the pain and suffering of
the victims, their friends and families on account of the
He also assured Nigerians, particularly the parents of
the missing girls, that when his administration
“assumes office at the end of May, it will do everything
it can to defeat Boko Haram.”
He assured that his administration will act differently
from the government it is succeeding adding that, he
will not only listen to the cry of anguish of citizens, he
will also respond accordingly.
Buhari said, “This new approach must also begin with
honesty. We do not know if the Chibok girls can be
rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown.
“As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can
find them. But I say to every parent, family member
and friend of the children that my government will do
everything in our power to bring them home.
“What I can pledge, with absolute certainty, is that
starting on the first day of my administration, Boko
Haram will know the strength of our collective will and
commitment to rid this nation of terror and bring back
peace and normalcy to all the affected areas.”