President Muhammadu Buhari, has disclosed that his government was working, “round the clock” to ensure the rescue of all Chibok girls and other persons held in Boko Haram captivity.
Buhari made the disclosure on Sunday during a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day.
The President also assured the Military of his continued support as they push towards the total eradication of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
He commended the gallantry of the Armed Forces which has reduced Boko Haram to, “cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.”
In an effort to ensure peace of the citizenry, Buhari vowed to stamp out kidnapping, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers violence across the country.
His broadcast reads in part: “Nigerians must be grateful to our gallant Armed Forces for rolling back the frontiers of Boko Haram’s terrorism, defeating them and reducing them to cowardly attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.
“Nigeria is grateful to its neighbours and the international community for the collective efforts to defeat this world-wide menace of terrorism.
“Not even the most organized and most equipped police and security forces in the world can escape the menace of modern day terrorism, as we have seen in recent years in Europe and other parts of the world.
“But we are not letting up. Our Armed Forces in an effort to enhance the operational capability of troops of OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE have established Mobile Strike Teams in the North East. These will ensure the final push to wipe out the remnants of Boko Haram.
“In addition, through targeted air strikes most of the leadership and identified logistics bases and routes of the insurgents have been neutralized. The Armed Forces have established a Naval presence in the Lake Chad Basin as part of the coordinated military efforts to curtail the movements or re-emergence of the sect in the area.
“Government is working round the clock to ensure release of the remaining Chibok girls, as well as other persons in Boko Haram captivity. Government will continue to support the Armed Forces and other security agencies to fight not only terrorism, but kidnapping, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers violence and to ensure peace, stability and security in our country.”