(Below are the verbatim remarks of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, in Abuja today while receiving the just released Chibok girls.)
“First, let me say, we must praise the Almighty God for bringing you back after so many months.
Before I say anything further let’s just say a word of prayer together.
“Let us pray.
“Our Father in Heaven, we bless your name, we thank you because there is no one like you, thank you for being so good to us, thank you Almighty Father for these ladies.
“Father, even as you have brought them back, we pray that you replenish, resuscitate them, and revitalize them with good health so that they can be more successful and happier than they were ever before.
“We pray that all of these girls that you have taken care of even while they were in captivity, I pray that you will continue to take care of them.
“I pray that you will uphold them, let it be well with them. We pray for those who are still in captivity that all of them will be returned to us. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.
“Welcome back girls!
“I am sure you know that the whole country has been waiting for you to come back, all these many months, the whole country has been waiting that one day we will see you again and we are very happy to see you back!
“We are going to bring your parents, your parents will be coming here to join you.
“You can’t immediately be taken out of here because we need to be sure that you are in very good health.
“I am sure are going to be very well taken care of. We have provided very good accommodation for you where you will stay where you will sleep and your parents will come and meet you there also.
“We are also going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment, we are going to make that we make all the provisions for you.
“The Federal Government is very committed. The president in particular, has asked me to tell you, how excited he is. When you were away, he kept saying that if it were his daughter he wouldn’t even know what to do.
“So we are all very excited that you are here. We are all happy that God has preserved your lives and brought you back.
“We know that very soon all will be well and I am sure that when you meet with your parents they will be very excited to meet you.
“We have already contacted them, they know where you are, and very soon they will be joining you here. So we are all looking forward to how you are going to settle in very nicely. The doctors have all the kinds of treatment that you will need, so you are all welcome back and we are all very excited to see.”
Senior Special Assistant-Media & Publicity
In the Office of the Vice President
October 13, 2016