Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just In: We Are Doing Everything Humanly Possible To Rescue Your Daughters, Jonathan Assures Chibok Parents

You know I told you the president met with the parents of the over 200 abducted school girls today. Here is a press statement of the outcome of the meeting, sent in from the State House. 

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Tuesday in Abuja reassured the Chibok community that his Administration is doing everything humanly possible to rescue the over 200 girls abducted from a college there in April and return them safely to their parents.

Speaking at a meeting in the Presidential Villa with parents of the abducted girls, some of the girls who escaped from their abductors and leaders of the community, President Jonathan appealed for their patience, understanding and cooperation.

“Anyone who gives you the impression that we are aloof and that we are not doing what we are supposed to do to get the girls out is not being truthful.

“Our commitment is not just to get the girls out, it is also to rout Boko Haram completely from Nigeria. But we are very, very mindful of the safety of the girls. We want to return them all alive to their parents. If they are killed in any rescue effort, then we have achieved nothing,” President Jonathan told the parents and community leaders at the meeting which was also attended by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State  and the Senate President, Senator David Mark.

The President said that although he was yet to visit Chibok in the aftermath of the abductions, his heart was constantly with its traumatized parents and people, and his desire was to visit them when their daughters have been freed and they can receive him with smiling faces of joy, rather than with tears of anguish.

“Our duty now is to take all relevant steps to recover our girls alive and our primary interest is getting them out as safely as possible. I will not want to say much, but we are doing everything humanly possible to get the girls out.

“This not the time for talking much. This is the time for action. We will get to the time that we will tell stories. We will get to the time that we will celebrate and I assure you that, by God’s grace,  that time will come soon,” President Jonathan told them.

Responding to appeals from the community leaders for more help in overcoming some of the challenges imposed on Chibok and neighbouring communities by the Boko Haram insurgency, the President said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Federal Medical Agencies will intensify their efforts to provide them with additional relief aid and assistance.

He also assured them that Chibok and other communities in the three North-Eastern States most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency will be the first beneficiaries of the Victims’ Support Fund, the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, the Safe Schools Initiative and other developmental programmes which the Federal Government is evolving to address the damage, losses, setbacks, economic and social dislocations occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We solicit your maximum cooperation. Let us work together. Evil can never overcome good. We will surely overcome Boko Haram,”  he told them.

In his remarks at the meeting, Governor Shettima called for more sobriety, reflection and unity of purpose in the fight against terrorism in the country.

He pledged that his state will give President Jonathan the fullest possible support for his efforts to address the problems caused by terrorism and the Boko Haram insurgency.

Dr. Pogu Bitrus presented the Chibok community’s address to the President. 

Other speakers at the meeting included a district head, Mr. Zannamadu Usman, a member of the Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Aminu Foni Chibok, parents of the abducted girls and three  of the girls who escaped from their captors, Godia Simon, Dorcas Musa and Joy Bishara.

National Security Chiefs, Ministers and other senior government officials were also present at the meeting.


  1. Yes oo sir you will do the ones in ur power and leave the rest to God almighty. DERA MI

  2. At least he is humble enough to give us update

  3. Is the governor trying to tell us that he doesn't know the people behind BH

  4. All we need to do is give the President our support

  5. By the grace of God evil will never overcome goo

  6. May God grant you the grace to succeed

  7. Do your best Mr President and leave the rest to God

  8. I know OBJ would have visited the Chibok community if he was the one in power

  9. All the president needs is our prayers and support

  10. Do your best and leave the rest to God


  12. I wish you all the best as you try to unmask the people behind the kidnap

  13. God help our president

  14. This man is doing his best as far as am concerned