- Borno elders say Buhari deserves great commendation for the release of 82 Chibok school girls
- They pray God grants him good health, so that he can continue the good work he is doing
- The elders say it time for the insurgency to end even without the military force
The Borno Elders Forum on Sunday, May 7, expressed happiness over the release of 82 Chibok school girls from the Boko Haram insurgents.
Dr Mali Gubio, the secretary of the forum, said in Maiduguri that credit must go to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vanguard reports.
He said: “We are extremely happy to hear the news on the release of the girls; we are grateful to God for showing us this day.
“We believe that Buhari deserves great commendation on this.
“The President has done so much and he is doing well in piloting the affairs of the nation.
“We pray to Almighty Allah to grant him good health, so that he can continue the good work he is doing.
“For the girls we are very happy, we hope they are not traumatised in anyway.
“We believe that it is time the abductors release all the people in their custody; I think they have no reason to keep holding them for no just cause. “
Gubio added: “These are helpless vulnerable people who are supposed to be in their villages and hamlets waiting for the rainy season to return to farm.
“It has taken so long, I think that they should have a change of heart to make sure that they end the insurgency.
“There is no reason for us to continue to destroy ourselves, what they are doing is an act of self-destruction, destroying themselves and the society at large.
“It is now time for the insurgency to end even without the military force.
“The insurgents have expressed their grouses or whatever problem they have with the society.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Boko Haram released a batch of more than 80 of the Chibok high school girls who were abducted in mid-April 2014.
The release abducted school girls came after further negotiations between the Islamist group and the President Muhammadu administration.
Meanwhile, watch this touching NAIJ.com TV video of child survivors of Boko Haram activities in the northeast narrating their ordeal.