Why Chibok Girls Release Is Taking Time - PMB

Parents in Nigeria are wondering whether the government can keep their schoolgirls safe

"In our operations, we have rescued hundreds of people in Boko Haram captivity, and when we profile them, most are not Chibok girls".

This comes exactly four years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held - a global symbol of the Islamist insurgency that has devastated the region.

"Unfortunately, the negotiations between the government and Boko Haram suffered some unexpected setbacks, owing mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks", Buhari said in a statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant on the media.

"We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you".

"As stated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, the government is not relenting".

"Every time, they are always saying the girls have been killed, we continue to secure their release just like we did recently".

Buhari said the return of so many students from Dapchi and Chibok "should give confidence that all hope is not lost" and showed the government was "doing its very best". "They also advised not to lose faith in this government's ability to fulfil its promise, that the girls will not be abandoned or forgotten".

"Don't imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost cause".

Speaking ahead of the 4-year anniversary of the kidnap of the Chibok schoolgirls in Borno, Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in Nigeria, also said about 2,295 teachers have so far been killed by the insurgents with more than 1,400 schools destroyed.

"Many of the girls have died as a result of cross fires and bombardments of the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing them".

The Presidency has dismissed Ahmed Salkida's latest information that only 15 of the remaining 113 abducted Chibok schoolgirls in captivity of Boko Haram were believed to be alive.

The leader of one of Boko Haram's factions, Abubakar Shekau, speaks in front of guards in an unknown location in Nigeria in this still image taken from an undated video obtained on January 15, 2018.

She became pregnant and "now lives with her young son in an IDP (displaced persons) camp, where she has struggled to integrate with the other women due to language barriers and the stigma of being a "Boko Haram wife", UNICEF said. By the grace of Allah, we will not return to you.



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