On Thursday, following his meeting with the parents of 200 of the missing Chibok girls, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a fresh investigation into their whereabouts.

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The President ordered National Security Advisor (NSA), Babagana Munguno, to create a panel to probe into the issue, according to Garba Shehu the presidential spokesman.

The girls were abducted in April 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Former President Goodluck Jonathan also set up an investigatory panel, but the effort did not yield any results.

Mr. Buhari’s probe will attempt to understand the circumstances which led to the girls’ abduction, as well as the actions and inactions of the government following the abduction.

According to Mr. Shehu, Mr. Buhari assured the parents of the missing girls that rescuing their children was a top priority.

“I assure you that I go to bed and wake up every day with the Chibok girls on my mind.”

“The unfortunate incident [kidnappning of the girls] happened before this government  came into being.

“What have we done since we assumed office? We reorganized the military, removed all the service chiefs, and ordered the succeeding service chiefs to deal decisively with the Boko Haram insurgency.

God knows I have done my best, and I will continue to do my best,” Mr. Buhari informed the assembled parents.

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, remarked that the military did have the ability to rescue the Chibok girls, but lacked critical intelligence.  

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