British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright made the comment while receiving members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group at the UK Embassy in Abuja.
The British government has not forgotten the abducted Chibok Girls, the High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright has said.
Arkwright made the comment while receiving members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group at the UK Embassy in Abuja.
“My heart goes to the parents of the abducted girls. Two years is too long for the families to be suffering. The UK, the British government have not abandoned the Chibok girls,” he said.
“What I can say is that we are doing everything we can, including in the area of intelligence in their effort with the Nigerian government to rescue the girls. Two years on, that is not an easy tasks but what we are doing and we will continue to do is to work with Nigerian government to help to find and locate the girls.
“We will look for other ways we can provide them help. I will go back to London with a very strong message you have given me, that you are looking on to the UK to reinforce that help.
“I can’t comment on the position of the current Nigerian government but what I do know is that they are concerned about the girls. I have spoken to senior people in the government.
“What I can say to you is that we have not forgotten the girls. We are doing everything we can to help find the girls. We will look for other ways we can provide them help. I will go back to London with a very strong message you have given me, that you are looking on to the UK to reinforce that help.
“I will not agree that the UK drop this issue after a couple of months after 2015. But that is in the past. We need to look to the future and see how we can help. You have my pledge that i will do whatever I could to help the parents.
“The suffering has gone for far too long. I know that there are other people who were taken hostage by the Boko Haram sect, not just the Chibok girls. We will see what we can do for all the hostages.
“We will engage again. We have a minister coming in the next few days. You will meet with him and have another opportunity then to talk to him about what concrete step we can take,” he added.
The Chibok girls were abducted on April 14, 2014, and most of them remain in captivity.