#BringBackOurGirls: African First Ladies applaud world leaders’ support

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The African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) has lauded the support given by the world leaders and global institutions to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency.

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan and the president of the mission, expressed the appreciation in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

The statement said that Jonathan noted the efforts of the international community at sending out a strong message; consistent with the objectives of the mission in promoting peace and stability.

According to the statement, the support of the world leaders is cardinal to ensuring the safe return of the girls abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno, on April 14.

It said Jonathan noted that the entire world stood in solidarity with the government and the people of Nigeria against injustice and impunity.

“The mission will always uphold the commonly accepted global values that promote justice, stability and peace in all nations,’’ it quoted Jonathan as saying.

The statement further said Jonathan expressed the belief that the contributions of the international community and Nigeria’s commitment would boost the efforts at rescuing the abducted girls.

According to the statement, the first lady reaffirms the total commitment of the mission to bringing back the abducted girls safe.

“We appeal to all political parties in Nigeria to rise above partisan interests and focus at this time on the national interest and the urgent task at hand to bring back our girls.

“AFLPM calls on mothers and women across Africa to continue to pray that the ongoing efforts at rescuing the girls will be successful,’’ the statement quoted her as saying.

It said Jonathan and the AFLPM empathised with the affected mothers and the families of victims of terrorism with a prayer that Nigeria would soon overcome the challenge of insecurity. (NAN)

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