Nigeria First Lady, Aisha Buhari has reacted to the continuous mass abductions of women and girls by bandits and insurgents, especially in the north.
Aisha Buhari in a statement on the occasion of the International Women’s Day posted on her official Twitter handle @aishambuhari, said: “As a mother, I share the sorrow and agony of the victims and families”.
“I am also not unaware of the impact that these abductions could have in reverting many successes we have hitherto achieved, especially in terms of girl-child education and early marriages.”
Aisha Buhari, however called on all stakeholders to exert their different levels of influence towards bringing the mass abductions to an end.
While appreciating efforts of women and girls in the fight against COVID-19, she noted the pandemic has had a huge impact on women, disrupted education, careers and proliferation of domestic violence.
Aisha Buhari urged everyone that beyond spreading the message of COIVD-19 protocol, they should remember and support those negatively affected by the pandemic.
However, in a related story, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State says repentant bandits in the state-assisted security agencies in the operation that led to the rescue of the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe schoolgirls.
The governor, who received the girls at about 5am on Tuesday in Gusau, said the 279 girls were returned safely without paying any ransom.
Matawalle said: “This is the result of our peace effort with repentant bandits and putting to shame all those saying there is no security in this country.
“We have been in discussion since Friday with the abductors and reached an agreement on Monday by 4pm that the girls were released.
“We are happy that all 279 have safely returned.
“They will undergo medical checks and given balanced diets to recuperate by the state government before they are handed back to their respective families.