Metro Buhari Orders Fresh Investigation Into Chibok Girls Abduction



Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that a fresh investigation be conducted about the abduction of 219 girls from Government Secondary in Chibok, Borno State.

A panel to investigate the incident is to be named by the National Security Adviser Babagana Munguno, a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said Thursday.

According to the statement, Buhari assured the parents of the Chibok girls that he was doing his best and will continue to do everything possible to rescue them and re-unite them with their families.

“I go to bed and wake up every day with the Chibok girls on my mind. The unfortunate incident happened before this government came into being," he said.

“What have we done since we assumed office? We re-organized the military, removed all the service chiefs and ordered the succeeding service chiefs to deal decisively with the Boko Haram insurgency.

“In spite of the terrible economic condition we found ourselves in, we tried to get some resources to give to the military to reorganize and equip, retrain, deploy more troops and move more forcefully against Boko Haram.

“And you all know the progress we have made. When we came in Boko Haram was in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. Boko Haram has now been reduced to areas around Lake Chad.

“Securing the Chibok girls is my responsibility. The service chiefs and heads of our security agencies will tell you that in spite of the dire financial straits that we found the country in, I continue to do my best to support their efforts in that regard.

“This is a Nigeria where we were exporting average of two million barrels per day at over 140 dollars per barrel. Now it is down to about 27 to 30 dollars.

“You have been reading in the press how they took public funds, our funds, your funds and shared it, instead of buying weapons. That was the kind of leadership I succeeded. That was the kind of economy I inherited.

“God knows I have done my best and I will continue to do my best,” Mr. Buhari said.

The president was accompanied by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd).


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