Ban Ki-moon welcomes release of 21 Chibok girls

Ban Ki-moon welcomes release of 21 Chibok girls
October 15 21:44 2016

United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has welcomed the recent release of 21 out of the over 200 Chibok school girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in April, 2014.

He said in a statement on Friday that his office will continue to work with the Nigerian government to ensure the release of the remaining girls in captivity.

“He remains deeply concerned about the safety and well-being of the remaining schoolgirls and other victims of abduction by Boko Haram, who are still in captivity.

The Secretary-General urges the international community to continue supporting the government of Nigeria in its efforts to secure their release, rehabilitation and reintegration. He calls for increased efforts to ensure additional humanitarian access in the north-east of Nigeria, and reiterates the continued commitment of the United Nations in this regard.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, in his capacity as High Representative for Nigeria, continues to engage with the Nigerian authorities and international partners on this matter,” the statement read.