Ki-Moon requests release of Chibok girls

Buhari2-700x336United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, yesterday in Abuja demanded the unconditional release of over 200 girls abducted from their school in Borno State on April 14 last year.

This is even as his host, President Muhammadu Buhari said over 1.5million Nigerians have been displaced by Boko Haram insurgency. He said these people need to be morally, physically and materially rehabilitated. He called on the UN scribe to convey to member-states that Nigeria is in need of help.

While describing ?the abduction of the girls from their dormitory in a government secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, last year, as intolerable, Ki-Moon, however, expressed his solidarity with the affected families and other Nigerians.

The UN boss made the demand while addressing State House correspondents shortly after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Ki-Moon expressed sadness that this week, the girls would be marking 500 days in captivity, saying that terrorism knows no boundaries. He said this was the time for more collaboration in the fight against terrorism.

The UN scribe said: “I express my solidarity again with the Nigerian people, that United Nations will work together to address extremism and terrorism.

“This week marks the 500 days of the kidnap of the Chibok girls. I want to reiterate my support for the Chibok girls and so many other innocent abducted girls and boys whose names and fate remain unknown.

Buhari, on his part, said they discussed the difficult time situation Nigeria had found itself during the meeting, hence the demand for UN assistance.

He thanked Ban Ki-Moon for extending an invitation to him to attend the UN General Assembly holding in New York on September 27and 28.

Meanwhile, Ki Moon also expressed support for Buhari’s war against corruption. The UN boss, who spoke at the fourth year commemoration of the August 27, 2011, UN building bomb attack, appreciated the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

“I am very much humbled to be with you today thinking about our fallen colleagues, 23 colleagues, and many people, staff who have been injured and still are suffering from this pain and trauma. This vicious terrorist attack happened almost four years ago. “We pay tribute to the 23 fallen colleagues, women and men who were so brutally stolen from us. We reaffirm our commitment to keep faith with their families,’ he said. -The Sun

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