After months of pressure, Jonathan agreed to the meeting after a request from Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist kidnapped by the Taliban in 2012. The Associated Press reported that nearly a dozen of the parents have died since April, a majority fighting Boko Haram outside Chibok, where the girls were taken.
"Mr. President reassured them of the federal government determination and his personal determination to ensure that the girls that are still in captivity are brought out alive," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told the Associated Press. "He made it clear that is the main objective of the government."
Journalists were not allowed to speak to the escaped schoolgirls or their parents.
A video filmed by Boko Haram in May shows a group leader boasting about the kidnapped girls conversion to Islam, as many are seen wearing hijabs and praying. In a new video released this week, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau called on the Nigerian government to free its prisoners in exchange for the return of the girls.