Buhari has vowed that all kidnapped children and everyone abducted by Boko Haram terrorist group will be rescued.
President Muhammadu Buhari, said this while reassuring Nigerians and the international community of his administration’s commitment to secure the country and rid it of Boko Haram terrorists and terrorism.
President Buhari gave the statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Buhari spoke at a High Level Breakfast Dialogue on ‘‘Stop the War on Children Affected by Armed Conflicts, Dividend of Silencing the Guns’’, a side event during the 33rd AU Summit.
The programme was co-sponsored by the Governments of Nigeria, Uganda and Norway, the AU Commission and Save the Children.
According to Buhari, ”A number of school girls from Chibok and Dapchi earlier abducted by Boko Haram have regained their freedom.
”We commend the gallant efforts of the MultiNational Joint Task Force and the partners in supporting the reintegration of the girls.
”Let me categorically reassure you of the steadfast commitment of the Government of Nigeria to ensure the freedom of all kidnapped children from the shackles of Boko Haram.
”We will not relent until every child, boy or girl, every Nigerian adult in custody of Boko Haram, is freed,” Buhati said.
He also said that, ”It is for this reason that the Nigerian government has severally condemned, and is combating frontally, the dreadful activities of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.
”Of course, the severity of these grave violations varies from country to country.
”The incidence of a single violation of children rights in any country is an indelible dent on the African consciousness and is to be deplored and condemned,” he said.
”Our Nomadic Education policy is also being implemented to reduce the number of out-of-school children.
”We have also prioritised de-radicalisation and demobilisation of ex-combatant children of Boko Haram insurgents,” he said.
”The call to action is now for accountability by all African States to the rights of the children caught up in wars.
”Let us stop the war on children. This is a wake-up call for us all to create the enabling environment for rooting out the impact of armed conflicts against our children across the continent,” President Buhari concluded.