By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno on Thursday hailed the release of the 21 Chibok schoolgirls by the Boko Haram Insurgents.
Shettima said in a statement in Maiduguri that the release had proved Present Muhammadu Buhari’s sincerity in ending the Boko Haram insurgency.
The statement was signed by the governor’s Special Adviser on Communication, Malam Isa Gusau a copy of which was obtained by Blackface News in Maiduguri.
“If any Nigerian had doubts about the sincerity and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to the rescue of our precious daughters abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at Government Secondary School, Chibok on April 14, 2014,
“As well as his sincerity in rescuing all other victims and ending the Boko Haram insurgency, such doubts should be eliminated by the success of the negotiation that led to the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls,” he said.
“As people of Borno State, troubled by the deaths and destructions of Boko Haram insurgency, one of our major sources of strength since May 29, 2015, has been the undiluted sincerity we saw in President Muhammadu Buhari based on his administration’s absolutely genuine commitment toward recovering our schoolgirls,
“And thousands of other women and children held in captivity as well as ending the insurgency in order to secure the lives of our citizens and make way for reconstruction, resettlement and other development programmes and projects.
“We had faith in Buhari from the very day he took off as President,’’ the governor said.
Shettima said the steps President kept taking in dealing with the insurgency had continuously proved his sincerity.
He said if any Nigerian or members of the international community had doubts about the sincerity and commitment of the President to the rescue of all other abducted Nigerians and his sincerity in working toward ending the Boko Haram insurgency, such doubts must now be laid to rest.
“I am certain that the recovery of our 21 precious daughters from insurgency only strengthens the resolve of the Buhari Administration to continue to work tirelessly until all the girls and all Nigerians abducted are freed,
“And until the Boko Haram insurgency is brought to an end to guarantee public safety,” he said.
The governor commended the Nigerian Armed Forces and all those who worked toward the release of the 21 school girls.
“On our part, the Borno State Government has long put in place a rehabilitation process that would work in partnership with the Federal Government and interested humanitarian partners to ensure proper medical evaluation, trauma management and other key steps for our daughters,” he said.
Shettima said the State Government was also ready to enroll the girls in the best schools of their choices “like we have since done for the 56 girls who escaped abduction’’.