The Senate on Thursday summoned the National Security Adviser (NSA) and security chiefs to brief it on efforts taken so far to rescue over 200 abducted Chibok Government Secondary School girls in custody of Boko Haram insurgents.
The order followed a motion by Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West) which was co-sponsored by three other senators.
In a unanimous voice vote, the Senate directed the armed security agencies to ensure the safe return of the girls, urging Nigerians to continue to pray for the release of the girls.
The upper legislative Chamber also urged the Federal Government (FG) to take over the rebuilding of the school so as to alleviate the sufferings of students.
The senior lawmakers sympathized with the parents of the girls and Chibok community, and Nigerians over the incident.
Presenting the motion earlier, Melaye said besides the propaganda videos created by the Boko Haram terrorists, none of the girls had been seen since their abduction.
He also pointed out for the fact that some of the girls were yet to be rescued; the school where they were abducted was still unattended to.
The lawmaker said the abduction of the girls had greatly affected the image of the country in the international community.
“It is a harrowing feeling knowing that these girls are still under the mercy of such a violent group.
“I can only imagine the state of mind of the parents, guardians and relatives of the missing girls.
“I am concerned that the abduction has become a myth and their whereabouts an enigma.
“These girls have dreams and aspirations and in the eyes of God and the laws of man, they have every right to pursue such dreams.
“We cannot succeed as a government until those girls are released,” Sen. Shehu Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) contributed.”