The former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on the international community to help the Nigerian government in rescuing the 276 abducted girls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
The call was contained in statement issued by the former governor in Ilorin, Kwara State.
“Nigeria will embrace every act of support from our friends as no meaningful efforts are too small, and no attempts to bring back our girls will be considered insignificant” he said.
Saraki, however, applauded security operatives for their relentless efforts in finding the girls, adding that it has become evident that the rescue efforts required the full support and cooperation of both Nigerians and its friends and allies in the international community, especially those that share borders with Nigeria.
“Since this ugly incident occurred, it has been evident that these rescue efforts require the full support and cooperation of both Nigerians, and our friends and allies in the international community – especially those that share our borders” Saraki said. “Nigeria has always demonstrated that it is always ready to extend its hands in support when there is a crisis in the international community as demonstrated by our continental peacekeeping efforts. It is time for the international community to do the same”.
The senator further explained that given the nature of the terrain in North-eastern Nigeria, the same level of technical support that the international community has ceded in trying to locate the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 must at this time be extended to Nigeria.
“The degeneracy of this abduction has demonstrated that now more than ever, the world must come together to combat terrorism for the sake of our shared humanity” he said.
According to him, Nigeria would welcome every act of support from ‘our friends. No meaningful efforts are too small and no attempts to bring back our girls will be considered insignificant’.
“With the reports of the abducted girls being ferried to neighbouring countries, fluid intelligence gathering and sharing at this time is also highly crucial” he said. “This is why I would like to also appeal to our friends and allies to provide our security agencies with any relevant information that will help in completing this mission. Our military must be supported in every way possible – in the same way that our political resolve must continue to remain strong. And, as a country, we must remain unrelenting and unanimous in demanding that the abducted girls be united back with their families”.
The former governor urged the federal government to continuously update Nigerians and the world on the progress being made with respect to the rescue of the girls, as well as the challenges it is encountering.
“This is no easy task. To surmount this, we must all work together. All hands must be on deck. Together, we can bring back our loved ones” Saraki said.
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