The United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has on Monday demanded the unconditional release of abducted the over 200 Chibok girls.
Ki-Moon made the call during a press remark at the end of a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to United Nations chief, the UN is poised to work with Nigeria to counter terrorism in the country and the continent.
He declared that a change being championed by the current administration in Nigeria will also bring about positive change in the continent.
He said: “This week will witness the 500 day of the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls. I want to reiterate my support for the Chibok girls and so many other innocent abducted girls and boys whose names and fate remain unknown.
“It is intolerable that their lives and schooling have been disrupted in this way. The whole world has been moved by their fate. I once again call, on the strongest possible terms, of those responsible to unconditionally release these girls and many other abducted children. I will have more to say this afternoon in my speech.”
He said that he discussed with President Buhari a full range of issues covering development, human rights, peace and security including the cause of troubling levels of violence and terror perpetuated by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and beyond.
Expressing solidarity with the government and people of Nigeria and the affected families and victims, he said: “I expressed my solidarity again with the Nigerian people. The UN will work together to address and counter extremism and terrorism.
“Terrorism knows no boundaries and no bounds. Today, I laid a wreath in memory of the Nigerian and other victims. Now, more than ever, collaboration is indispensable in addressing these crimes.
“The President has made regional engagement efforts and I am hopeful for the rapid operationalisation of the regional task force.”