Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has described the release of 82 of the girls seized from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in 2014 by Boko Haram insurgents, as a masterstroke by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Governor Sani Bello commended President Buhari for his dogged effort and commitment at ensuring the release of more of the girls still in Boko Haram’s captivity.
“The President has made it clear that he will do everything within his powers to ensure the freedom and safe return of these girls and of all Boko Haram captives, we have started seeing the results, surely”.
“The President has the political will to make this country great. I pray for his sound health, physical strength as well as increase in wisdom, understanding and knowledge to achieve even greater things for the nation”.
Governor Sani Bello described the release of 82 girls as glad tidings, adding that this development would give strength and hope to the parents of those still in the hands of Boko Haram.
The Governor also commended the efforts of all security agencies, especially the military, and all others who were instrumental to the release of the girls.
Governor Sani Bello remained hopeful that government would soon facilitate the return of all others still in captivity. Apart from some of the girls who escaped on their own, the release of the batch of 82 girls brings to 103 of the total number freed since the abduction of 219 of them in April 14, 2014.