The Federal Government yesterday vowed to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in 2018.

President
Muahmmadu Buhari who gave the assurance said all the girls abducted by
the insurgents would be reunited with their families soon.

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President
Buhari who was represented at the Nigerian Army Day Celebration
(NADCEL) parade at the Ikeja Cantonment, by the Vice President Yemi
Osinbajo, said that the government would not relent in its fight against
the insurgents.

He commended the Nigerian Army for ensuring that
no territory of the country was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists,
pointing out that in the earlier part of 2015, 17 local governments were
in the hands of the terrorists.

“We must and will continue to
demonstrate the political will and determination towards ensuring that
our land is rid of insurgency and criminality is kept at the barest
minimum.

“During the first term of this administration we worked
tirelessly to lay the foundation for the Nigeria that works for all of
us, regardless of ethnicity, religion and party affiliation, our
priorities were and remained, security, economy and fight against
corruption,” he noted.

The President said that the security
challenges in the country were being tackled in collaboration with the
Nigerian Armed Forces, pointing out that, “the challenge for us is to
recognise this sick extremism of Boko Haram for what it is and form
alliances across faith, ethnicities, to destroy an evil that confronts
us all.

“We will continue to demonstrate the political will and
determination towards ensuring that our land is rid of insurgency and
that criminality is kept at the barest minimum.

“There are also
other situations of insecurity in our midst, the Fulani herders and
farmer conflicts, random killings, banditry and kidnapping.

“In different parts of the country, there are challenges that the army has had to intervene in, in many occasions.

“We
assure all Nigerians that these challenges are been seriously tackled
by the Federal Government working with the states through a
multi-pronged approach, working with the Nigerian Army and all our
security forces and law enforcement agencies.

“Nobody will be
allowed to maim, kill or commit other crimes and escape. It is our duty
to apprehend and punish these criminals and we are doing that and we
will continue to do so,” he said. Buhari urged the judiciary to ensure
timely dispensation of justice in the cases of arrested bandits.

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