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US To Help Buhari Recover Chibok Girls

The United States of America has expressed its readiness to support President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to rescue the over 200 girls seized by Boko Haram militants from Chibok school in Borno State one year ago.

American Vice President, Joe Biden, gave the renewed assurance in a telephone chat with Buhari in Abuja while congratulating him on his electoral victory.

Image: Joe Biden, American Vice President

Image: Joe Biden, American Vice President

According to the readout issued to diplomatic correspondent, “Vice President Biden spoke with Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his victory in the recent Nigerian elections and affirm that the United States stands ready to expand collaboration with Nigeria on issues of common concern, including economic and security matters.

“The Vice President commended President-elect Buhari for his leadership in helping to ensure the elections were conducted peacefully and urged him to continue to foster a smooth, inclusive, and peaceful transition with President Jonathan.

“The Vice President expressed the United States’ support for Nigeria’s efforts to counter Boko Haram, recover hostages held by the group, and protect civilian populations.  The Vice President also expressed the willingness of the United States to partner more closely with Nigeria to strengthen its economy, the excerpts said.”

On Tuesday 14 April 2015, the abducted schoolgirls completed one year in captivity by the deadly insurgents.

There is widespread apprehensions that the girls even if eventually recovered may not be complete in their numbers.

An advocacy group for the rescue of the girls, #BringBackOurGirls movement, has vowed that either “Change” or “Continuity,” it will continue to pressurize any government in power to secure the girls release.

The movement have been standing for the girls for the past one year under reference.

In his one year anniversary message in solidarity with the abducted girls, Nigeria’s President elect, Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that even though he cannot promise to rescue the missing girls, he would do all within his capacity.

Mr Buhari said there was a need for “honesty” in his new government’s approach to the girls’ abduction, with nothing seen or heard from the students since last May when they appeared in a Boko Haram video.

“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them,” he said in a statement.

“But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my government will do everything in its power to bring them home.”

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