The apex Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has commended the Federal government on its relentless efforts that saw to the release of 21 chibok girls out of the 217 abducted over two years ago.
A statement issued by the forums National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim and made available to newsmen in Kaduna said, “the news from the Federal Government that 21Chibok girls out of the 217 female students that were abducted over two years ago at Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in Borno state by the Boko Haram terrorists have been released by their abductors is a welcome and reassuring development, and clearly demonstrates the commitment and the determination of the Buhari Administration to not only tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast but also to search, rescue and secure the release of all persons abducted by the Boko Haram and in particular the Chibok girls.
“The release of the 21 girls has certainly gladdened the hearts of the affected parents, relations, the non-governmental organizations, Nigerians and in particular the Bring Back Our Girls organization (BBOG). It would be recalled that the BBOG not only initiated and sustained the campaign but also mobilized the whole world that put pressure on the Federal Government to intensify efforts in search of the abducted Chibok girls.
“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has also been in the forefront in condemning the lackluster attitude of the past regime over the abduction of the Chibok girls by the Boko Haram terrorists and its consistent appeal to government to deploy all security apparatus at its disposal to search and rescue the girls.”
ACF further reiterated that the cheering news that the Federal Government have secured the release of 21 Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity has rekindled our hope and confidence in the Buhari administration that it is committed to the security and welfare of its citizens.
ACF therefore, commended the effort of the Federal Government in securing the release of the 21 Chibok girls. It equally salutes the courage, commitment, tenacity and perseverance of the BBOG that despite all odds and obstacles, they remained resolute and focused in their campaign to see that the girls are rescued and released in good health. ACF also salutes other non-governmental organizations and individuals that supported the campaign which have started to yield positive results.
“ACF commends our security agencies for their professionalism in collaborating with the Red Cross and the Swiss government to secure the release of the Chibok girls. ACF therefore urges the security agencies to sustain this synergy and fast track the search and rescue operation in order to release the other girls still in captivity.
“ACF also urges the Federal Government to not only provide medical and rehabilitation facilities to the traumatized girls but also release them to their parents to quickly reintegrate into their community/communities.”