On Monday, while addressing an audience with Malala Yousafzai, President Goodluck Jonathan rejected the notion that Government has not done enough to rescue the abducted girls, saying such belief was very wrong and misplaced.
Speaking during an audience with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani
Girl-Child Education Campaigner, President Jonathan said the
Federal Government is doing everything possible to ensure the
The President, however, explained to Malala, who was
accompanied by her father and other members of her Foundation,
that the Federal Government’s efforts were constrained by
government’s resolve to ensure that the girls’ lives are not
endangered in any rescue attempt.
He said: “Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its
challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the
need to ensure that they are rescued alive.”
“The Federal Government and its security agencies were very
mindful of the need to avoid the scenario in rescue attempts in
other parts of the world where lives of abductees were lost in the
efforts to rescue them.”
Despite this challenge, he said, the Federal Government is actively
pursuing all feasible options to achieve the safe return of the
“The time it is taking to achieve that objective is not a question of
the competence of the Nigerian Government. We have had teams
from the United States, Britain, France, Israel and other friendly
nations working with us here on the rescue effort and they all
appreciate the challenges and the need to tread carefully to
achieve our purpose,” he stated.
The President said he would meet with the parents himself before
they leave Abuja to personally comfort them and reassure them
that the Federal Government is doing all within its powers to
rescue their daughters.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to providing safe
and proper education for Nigerian children.