Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has also expressed optimism that the 276 Chibok girls will soon be united with their families.
According to THE NATION, he said: “I am an optimist, and based on information at our disposal, the Chibok girls are still alive and will be united with their families soon. We are hopeful that the girls will be recovered.
“Though security falls within the area of responsibility of the federal government, the government is doing all it can not only to rescue the girls but to care for the well-being of the generality of the people. We have started rebuilding most of the communities, we are determined to rebuild all.
“The military has been doing so much in the past week which led to the influx of IDPs to our camps. Because of the successes by the military, we have over 75,000 IDPs in Zifar, 28,000 in Bama, 38,000 in Banki, 27,000 in Polka. Right now, there is an inflow of 2,300 people to Gusa today, which necessitated the visit to NEMA to solicit for the usual assistance
“As a state government, we are doing our best but NEMA has been our partner in taking care of the IDPs for the past one to two years. Within the Maiduguri metropolis alone apart from the IDPs in the camps we have 1.7million people within the host communities. Even in the best of times our people were the poorest of the poor and Boko Haram has further compounded the problem.