By Isiaka Wakili
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sent the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, to meet the parents and relatives of the over 200 abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, Borno State.A statement by Wakil’s spokesman, Olawale Rasheed, made available to Daily Trust, said the closed-door meeting took place in Maiduguri at the president’s behest.The statement said the minister briefed the abducted schoolgirls’ parents on his administration’s efforts towards securing the captives’ release.It said the families of the abducted girls were led by Mrs Pindar Dauda; while the youth leader of the Chibok community and some elders were also in attendance.It said Wakil told the girls’ parents that the government had devised comprehensive counter- insurgency strategies aimed at reclaiming occupied territories, rescuing abducted persons, resettling the internally displaced persons and rehabilitating insurgency ravaged communities.The statement quoted the minister as telling the girls parents: “Mr President is pursuing multi- faceted strategies which address the pains, anger and frustrations of victims. Our President directed me to tell you that his government is committed to doing everything possible for the safe return of your daughters.”The statement also quoted the spokesperson of the parents and families of the girls, Mrs Pindar Dauda as thanking President Jonathan for his concern and sympathy, while praying for the success of the ongoing military operations.
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