Friday, 1 July 2016
“Our priority is to rescue Chibok girls unharmed” – Buhari
President Buhari reiterated his determination to rescue the remaining abducted Chibok girls. He stated this at the breaking of Ramadan fast with members of the diplomatic corps Thursday night in Abuja.
According to the president, the priority was to rescue them alive and unharmed. ”We are not letting up our efforts to rescue the Chibok girls, our priority is to rescue them unharmed”, he said.
While assuring that he would continue to tack the security challenges, the president regretted that the Boko Haram activities had rendered many Nigerians orphaned and homeless, saying “our main focus is to ensure their safe return to their homes and rehabilitation of their communities”.
The president also bemoaned the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta region, reassuring the diplomatic corps that the issue was being addressed. He however stated that “no amount of militancy shall distract us from engaging with the region”.
He said his administration was committed to addressing the issue of unemployment, poor infrastructure and ecological problems, saying “Our doors are open for business”. Speaking on corruption, the Buhari showed appreciation on the international cooperation the anti-corruption war had received especially on the recovery of looted funds.
Also speaking, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, thanked the President, noting that the breaking of fast meeting was an opportunity to interact with the president. Dean of Diplomatic Corps, the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria, Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahima, thanked the President for hosting the diplomatic corps, the second time in the year. He said “We wish for eternal peace for Nigeria and may your efforts in the shortest time bring prosperity to our people. “Be reassured that the international community will continue to provide the necessary support”.