Vice President Yemi Osinbajo meets with 21 Chibok girls who were released in a prisoner swap with Boko Haram on Thursday, October 13, 2016 | Sesco Photography

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, has said the Federal Government will do everything within its powers to ensure the release of all the Chibok girls still in the captivity of Boko Haram.

Osinbajo said this on the sidelines of the African Union Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa, which took place in Lome, Togo recently.

At the summit, with the theme, ‘Protect our Oceans,’ the AU adopted a charter on piracy, illegal fishing and maritime security.

It was attended by several Heads of State and Government of the AU, including Osinbajo, who led the Nigerian delegation.

“We are working hard to bring back all the girls who have been held in captivity by Boko Haram for so many years, and we will keep praying also that we will be able to bring every one of them back safely,” he said.

Following their release by the insurgents recently, Osinbajo had met with 21 Chibok girls at the Abuja headquarters of the Department of State Services on their arrival in the Federal Capital Territory.

The released girls were part of the over 200 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.

Similarly, the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, said the adoption of the charter would “provide a prosperous environment for Africa’s sons and daughters.”


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