Exactly four years ago, Boko Haram abducted more than 200 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, a town in Borno state, northeast Nigeria.
Their abduction attracted international condemnation as several world leaders including former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, as well as the wife of the then U.S. President, Michelle Obama, former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon among other world leaders condemn the act.
Since then, 107 girls have either been found, released or escaped.
Four years on, 112 girls are still being held by the group as campaigners for their freedom continue to press the Federal Government for their release.
In commemoration of the fourth anniversary, parents of the Chibok association have used the occasion to commend the Federal Government for those (girls) that have been rescued and also called for the release of those still held in captivity.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram captivity will not be forgotten as long as he remains Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course,” he quoted the President, who is in London, as saying.
The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that all “hope is not lost”.