12 October 2017

Nigeria: Osinbajo Restates Govt's Commitment to Chibok Girls' Release

Abuja — Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to securing the release of the remaining abducted Chibok girls, and sending a clear message to the rest of the world that such criminal acts of abduction would not be condoned in the country.

Prof Osinbajo said, "We want to be able to challenge men and women all over the world about this sort of behaviour, and this is one of the reasons why we are advocating that this kind of conduct must be met with the greatest possible objection and force.

"It is very important for us that those girls are returned; anyone who has a friend or child or anyone among the girls recognises that girls are more vulnerable than men, especially when they have been abducted by men stronger and older than themselves, and held in captivity for so long."

"We shouldn't accept it. We should condemn it for the cowardly and wrongful act that it is, and do our best to give succour to the ladies who have suffered this particular injustice."

The vice president in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande stated this when he received a delegation of girl child rights advocates from various schools in Abuja, who were led by officials from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Save the Children International and the UNFPA on Wednesday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.

He further said the federal government was working hard to ensure that all the abducted Chibok girls are released and returned home safely to their parents.

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