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365 days: Where are the Chibok girls?

Posted: Apr 12, 2015 at 2:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

It is one year since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram from a school in Chibok, Borno State on the 14th of April, 2014; and till now, their where about and safety remain an illusion. The question is: would these girls ever be found? 

It is sad that after the girls were abducted, there were various conflicting reports that kept trickling in the public domain on their location. On the one hand, there were reports that the girls were held captive in the Sambisa forest located at the suburb of Borno State while other reports had it that they were being held under tight security in a house in Gwoza. There are also reports that they may have been taken beyond the borders and sold into slavery or subjected under force marriage. 

On the other hand, there had been series of assurances from government that the girls will soon be found. it will be recalled that the Nigeria’s defense Chief, Air Marshal Alex Badeh had come out and assured anxious Nigerians that the military had spotted the girls but could not use force to rescue them so as not to endanger their lives. Besides, President Goodluck Jonathan had made a lot of public statements assuring that his government will do everything necessary to ensure that the kidnapped Chibok girls are rescued. This was even as he had told the families of the girls and the international community that most of the girls had been returned. The other one is the reported cease fire deal government had with the terrorist sect. Several months after and contrary to all that had been claimed and promised, it appears the military never knew where the girls had been let alone rescuing them even as the ability of government and by extension, the security and intelligence apparatus of the country seem to have been overwhelmed.

 Although in the recent times, the Nigerian military has dealt some deadly blows on the consuming claws of the insurgents, the mystery surrounding the where about of the Chibuk girls is still elusive and very fresh in the minds of most Nigerians and, therefore, must not be swept under the carpet. This is why we believe that one year after their disappearance, the need for government to remain resolute and relentless in its efforts to finding the girls, cannot be shelved and compromised.

Therefore, the onus is on the incoming federal government to ensure that the mystery around the where about of the Chibok girls is unraveled to restore the integrity of Nigerian government in its ability to provide adequate security for its citizens.