By Idowu Michael, in Maiduguri
Borno Senator, Ali Ndume, has said with the release of the abducted university dons and police women at the weekend by Boko Haram, there is a renewed confidence that the federal government will get the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in captivity freed.
The senator, who commended the federal government and the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) on the Saturday negotiated release of the 13 abducted persons, including three University of Maiduguri lecturers on oil exploration to the northern part of troubled Borno State and ten women on social engagement to southern part of the state last year, said this “release has rekindled my people’s hope on the rescue of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other persons in Boko Haram captivity.”
“It is with great delight that I receive the gladdening news about the release of the ten abducted women as well as the three geological scientists from the University of Maiduguri, who were abducted by Boko Haram in July last year.
“This news has not only gladden our hearts but has also renewed our hope that other abducted persons, including the remaining Chibok schoolgirls who are still in captivity would, in due course, regain their freedom by the grace of God.
“I, on behalf of the good people of southern Borno senatorial district and indeed the government and people of Borno state in general, commend all the actors that partook in the latest negotiated release of our women and lecturers.
“I specifically commend the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping faith with his promise of ensuring that all abducted persons, especially the Chibok schoolgirls, will be released.
“I also thank the ICRC and our military personnel as well as other security agencies who had contributed in one way or the other to see that this great feat is achieved.
“We in Borno state have no better way to express our gratitude to Mr President than to given him our assurances of support and massive votes come 2019”