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7 Years After Abduction: We Haven’t Forgotten Chibok Girls – Minister

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7 Years After Abduction: We Haven’t Forgotten Chibok Girls - FG

The Federal Government has assured parents of Chibok schoolgirls still in captivity that it is keen on ensuring their safe return.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, made this known in a statement on Wednesday to mark the seventh anniversary since the abduction.

The minister said the government will continue to look for ways to bring back those still in the custody of the insurgents.

Farouq added that the government will employ all efforts to give every Nigerian child the opportunity to rise out of poverty and attain their ambitions through education.

She said: “Let me assure the parents of the Chibok girls, Sharibu, and other abductees, that this government has not forgotten about them.

“We have heard your demands and the responsible ministries and agencies will respond on behalf of the government.

“All our children deserve quality formal education. Our country needs them to be educated for our development. No one should have to choose between school and safety.

“We will employ all our efforts to give every Nigerian child the opportunity to rise out of poverty and attain their ambitions through education.

“Half of the Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families and have resumed their education. We will continue working to bring back those left behind.”

Recall that over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.

However, some of the girls have regained their freedom, while over 100 are still in captivity.