Jonathan orders rescue of abducted girls

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May 4th, 2014
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President Goodluck Jonathan has given a presidential directive for all the abducted secondary school girls in Chibok, Borno State to be rescued alive.

About 234 girls writing exams in the school were abducted by terrorists over two weeks ago.
Jonathan gave the order on Sunday at a meeting between himself and Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima at the Presidential Villa.

The meeting which ended in the early hours of Sunday also had in attendance the Deputy governor of the state, Borno Commissioner for Education, Mr. Musa Kubo, the chairman of the local government, the State Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer and the Principal of the school, Asabe Kwabura.

Also at the meeting were Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President, David Mark; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius and security chiefs.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said that there was clear instruction from the President to those who attended the meeting on the urgent need to rescue the girls on time.

According to him, the meeting was a follow up to the meeting President Jonathan had on Friday as part of efforts to quickly rescue the girls.

Abati said that there was a high-powered collaboration among all stakeholders, including government at all levels and the community to ensure the safety of the girls.

“The President has given very clear directives that everything must be done to ensure that those girls are brought back to safety.

“There was a lot of discussion. This is the first time the President will be meeting with all the other key persons like the school principal, the local government chairman and the commissioner of police.

“Before now, the President and the governor meet regularly. This is a security operation and at this stage, it is not every detail of the efforts of the Federal Government that will be put into public domain particularly that there are indications that those responsible for the abduction have been issuing all kinds of threats,” Abati stated.

According to Abati, “What is clear is the determination, the commitment and the resolve of Mr. President and the governor to make sure that these girls are brought back to safety.”

“I don’t want to deal with numbers. Even if it is one person, the safety of every Nigerian is important,” he added

At the end of the meeting, the President and his team waited back and met with the Borno governor and his deputy for about 15 minutes.

The Borno delegation declined to speak to journalists at the end of the meetings.

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