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The Presidency on Saturday dismissed Ahmed Salkida's latest information that only 15 of the remaining 113 abducted Chibok schoolgirls in captivity of Boko Haram were believed to be alive.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu debunked Salkida's claims in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

"We are concerned and aware that it is taking long to bring the rest of our daughters back home, but be assured that this administration is doing its very best to free the girls from their captor".

He said this was mainly due to lack of agreement among the girls' abductors whose internal differences, he explained, had led to divergent voices regarding the outcome of the negotiations.

Shehu said the information at the disposal of government showed that the girls are available, adding that government will not relent in securing their release.

"The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale", the statement quoted UNICEF representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall as saying. Don't lose faith in this government's ability to fulfil our promise of reuniting you with our daughters.

"Don't imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course", Buhari said. At the forefront of one of the groups is the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group, spearheaded by former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu, Bukky Shonibare, Ayo Obe and others.

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"I hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the father of the nation and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to put an end to their sorrow by freeing their daughters from captivity".

The Imam of Falomo Police Mosque, Imam Tajudeen Adebayo, during the interfaith prayers, thanked Allah for those that were released and prayed that the remaining girls would also be rescued.

A classroom sits deserted at the Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigeria after Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped 110 school girls, February 28, 2018.

The terrorists invaded the school on the night of April 14,2014 and took away the girls.

One of the alleged Chibok students, her face covered by a veil, said: "We are the Chibok girls that you cry for us to return to you".

"We thank Allah for those that were released; we want the remaining girls to be released too, we pray that Allah will protect them and protect our nation". We live in comfort.


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