THE United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, on Thursday, assured that her country was committed to providing necessary assistance towards the rescue of Chibok girls and others abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, she said the rescue of such abducted persons remained a priority for the United States (US) government and formed part of her discussion with the president.
She noted that the US was already providing to Nigeria and other countries involved in the fight against Boko Haram, information and intelligence needed to tackle the insurgency.
She said: “The issue of the Chibok girls and other abductions is of huge priority to the US. And it was the issue I discussed at length with President Buhari today.
“We had moved to provide the information and intelligence needed to the Nigerian authorities.
“We have, in recent months, been able to allocate additional information sharing platforms and additional surveillance to aid the fight against Boko Haram.
“We will not rest, we will continue to deepen our partnership and be more effective with our partners on the ground.
“We are determined to support Nigeria and other neighbouring countries’ efforts to secure more rescue of abducted people and releases in the days and weeks ahead.”
On the video recently released on some of the Chibok girls which is being regarded as a proof that they could still be alive, Power stressed that the US was interested in pursuing every lead that could lead to the freedom of the girls.
Confirming that she discussed the video with Buhari, she added: “What we talked about was the importance of pursuing every lead related to the Chibok girls and making sure we have mechanism, whereby parents and family members who have been abducted by Boko Haram can be given information, whereby videos can be examined and family members offer their feedbacks on their impression on the videos to have a process by which family of those who are missing work more constructively with the government and, indeed, with those involved in the operations in trying to rescue the girls.
“So, that was the nature of our discussion with the president.
“The recent video was one part of our discussion and the larger puzzle will need to be assembled.”