The world was struck with distraught in April 2014 when Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram raided a school’s dormitories at night in the northern town of Chibok and abducted 276 schoolgirls.
Over 50 girls managed to escape at the time, leaving 219; and in May 2016, another girl escaped.
Later in October last year, 21 girls and a baby were released after negotiations facilitated by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.
A girl was also found by Nigerian troops on January, 5, 2017 with a baby and confirmed to be one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls.
Sunday, January 08, 2017 marks a thousand days since their abduction and 196 schoolgirls are still in captivity.
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Their fate is unknown as the terror group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest has been cleared by the Nigerian Army without any success.
Although Boko Haram is on the losing end of the war with the military, is there any hope for an early release of the remaining 196 girls?
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on the thousandth day of their abduction that the release of the girls remains a priority and the security forces remain resolute to free the girls.
Our intelligence and security forces are unrelenting, and whatever it takes, we remain resolute in our quest to bring all our girls back.