In commemoration of the 2-year anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction, Nobel peace laureate, Malala Yousafzai has called on President Muhammaadu Buhari to ‘act now’ to bring back the girls.
In an open letter which was released on Wednesday, Malala said the president should not give up on the Chibok girls just as he won’t give up ‘the fight for his own daughter’.
“As I did last year, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria – and everyone who can help rescue the Chibok girls – to act now.”
“Would a president give up the fight for his own daughter? These girls are just as precious to their families. My dream is that one day they will come home, finish their education and choose their futures for themselves.”
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, also on Wednesday, assured Nigerians that the rescue of the Chibok girls is paramount in the mind of President Buhari.
He said the issue of their abduction was always brought up in security meetings , while noting that ‘President Buhari as a parent shares in their trauma’.
Osinbajo stated this while speaking at a one-day roundtable on Vulnerable People in Insurgency and other conflicts in Nigeria – a forum organised by the Office of the National Security Adviser.
He said: “At any security council meeting that I have attended, the President in particular has always been concerned about the question of Chibok girls in particular.”
“Of course it comes out of ensuring that apart from the international importance attached to it, he reflects on the abduction as if any of the girls is one of his own.”