The Nigerian army has said it is not in a hurry to rescue the more than 200 secondary school students who were abducted were from their hostel in Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram fighters in April, 2014.
It has been more than 500 days since the girls were abducted and the Nigerian army is still trying to secure their rescue.
The Punch reports that Col. Rabe Abubakar who is the acting director at defence Information, military headquarters in Abuja said on Thursday, October 1, that the military was very concerned about rescuing the abducted girls but the operation required necessary planning and patience.
Abubakar said the military was on track to rescue the girls as seen from recent efforts they had undertaken.
He said: “The issue of the low morale of the Nigerian military men has now become a thing of the past. The operation to recover the Chibok girls is alive and still ongoing. We have continued to make rescue efforts, and we will do all within our powers to bring the girls.
“However, we will not rush to do this. It requires diligent intervention and a high-level operation to rescue the girls. In due time, every captive of Boko Haram will be released. A lot of achievements have been recorded recently, and this cannot be disconnected from the high morale of the army.
“We want to assure our citizens that soon, insurgency will be a thing of the past. But, it is not only about the military or the North-Eastern region. It is our collective duty to ensure that there is peace in the country.
“The Nigerian army has put together a multilateral cooperation. Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon are partnering to ensure we win the terrorism war.”
He said the defence headquarters was also working toward rehabilitating terrorists who were ready to surrender.
“The Defence Headquarters has brought out a committee to work out modalities to set up a safe horizon. This is a place where terrorists who decide to surrender will go. Once they are there, they will be spared of any molestation and given treatments conforming to international best practices.”
President Muhammadu Buhari promised Nigerians that rescuing the abducted girls was a priority and his government would do everything to bring them back safely to their anxious parents.