Boko Haram has kidnapped 1000 children so far

At least 1000 children in Nigeria abducted by militant group since 2013: UNICEF

Some of the girls had regained their freedom while about 100 of them are yet to be released by their abductors.

Parents of the abducted Chibok girls have urged the federal government not to use the recent rescue of Dapchi schoolgirls as an excuse for relenting in the search for the remaining 109 Chibok girls still in captivity four years after.

"To us as a community and even the parents of these missing girls, four years of waiting in anticipation of seeing your missing child return home can be very traumatizing".

The President encouraged the parents to keep their hopes alive, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government's determined effort should give confidence that all "hope is not lost".

This statement comes as Nigeria marks the four-year anniversary of the abductions in which militants seized 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok town in Borno state, sparking a global outrage.

"Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again". Don't lose faith in this government's ability to fulfil our promise of reuniting you with your daughters.

The President assured that as long as he remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the Chibok girls will never be forgotten and all will be done to have them reunited with their families.

Islamist fighters from Nigeria's Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Friday.

The figure includes the Chibok girls, a UNICEF representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Malick Fall, said yesterday.

"These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable".

Mrs Aisha Oyebode, Co-ordinator Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) Lagos State Chapter, has called on Nigerians to stand up in prayers for Nigerian children still in the hands of terrorists.

In the 20-minute video where at least 14 of the girls were filmed, the one that spoke also revealed that they have all been married by the terrorist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau.

He said given the experience of Sharibu, Chibok parents were anxious whether the remaining Chibok girls were being held back due to their faith.

Since 2016, 107 girls have been found, released or escaped as part of a government deal with Boko Haram and the administration has said back-channel talks are ongoing for further releases and a possible end to the wider conflict.

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