LAGOS: GOVERNOR Kashim Shettima of Borno State expressed confidence the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted from the state would be rescued.
Isa Gusau, Special Adviser on Media and Communications, said Shetima expressed appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience Jonthan for their concerns and concerted efforts towards the release of the schoolgirls.
“The Governor also expresses appreciation to other Nigerians, world leaders and citizens around the world, whose pressures have been of tremendous help so far. The Governor particularly thanks all security agencies and volunteers engaged in search and rescue efforts with an appeal that the efforts are intensified till all the girls safely return home,” Gusau stated.
“Shettima also extends appreciation to media establishments and journalists, local and international for their efforts so far.”
The Governor also sympathised with families of the abducted girls and assured them that the Federal and Borno State Governments with the support of the international community, were collaborating towards the freedom of their children.
He enjoined citizens with relevant information to forward such directly to security agencies using phone lines that have long been public or should send the information through community leaders in respective local government areas.
Meanwhile, Shettima ordered the mass production of a video clip showing some of the 234 girls.
The Boko Haram sect released the video.
The video, the Governor directed, is to be shown to parents, the freed students who know their abducted colleagues, teachers and management staff of Government Secondary School, Chibok, where the abduction took place, so that the girls in the video can be identified to ascertain if they are part of the abducted students or otherwise.
Gusau added that the governor was optimistic about the video given the fact that some of the girls who spoke said they were not harmed.
According to Gusau, the Governor who expressed hope that the girls did not speak under duress, called on the called on the people of the State citizens of the State to intensify prayers for the safe release of the schoolgirls, who are very precious not only to Borno, but to the entire world.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY