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Still On The Missing Chibok Schoolgirls

Chibok Girls
Posted: Sep 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


For the first time, the Federal Government, last week through Chief Lai Mohammed,Minister of Information and National Orientation, opened up on the efforts it has made in trying to secure the release of 276 female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, who were abducted from their school on the night of 14th-15th April, 2014 by the extremist Boko Haram that has been terrorising the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. In the same vein, the Minister of Information  Alhaji Lai Mohammed  tried to explain why the Government has failed in its bid to free the kidnapped girls.

The Government  catalogued all the opportunities that had fallen between the cracks in trying to organise a negotiation that would midwife a swap of the girls with some Members of Boko Haram in Government custody. However, the most disheartening news of all is that some of the Federal Government contacts who would have facilitated the swap have been killed in a combat between the Nigeria Army and Boko Haram or as a result of a rift between the factions that Boko Haram is now split into. This bombshell, at a time everyone thought there was some ground gained, is a pointer to the fact that the  negotiations may have to  begin again.

Thankfully the government has indicated its commitment to commence a fresh negotiation to release the abducted Chibok Schoolgirls. We urge the Federal Government not to relent in the attempt to put this ugly saga behind  Nigerians in particular and the international community in general. The pity is that no matter the effort, for as long as the girls are not back in the comfort of their homes and the waiting arms of their emotionally drained parents, the whole world will continue to ask the Federal Government questions.

The Government, in its account stressed military manoeuvres that it embarked on but we would like to add that perhaps more Intelligence gathering is needed to ensure a more definite move, especially considering the fact that there is a division in Boko Haram and military action will certainly result in collateral damage.

In addition,Federal Government should intensify the collaboration with Cameroon in the area of Intelligence gathering as that country has been very supportive in the fight against Boko Haram. Since some countries have also been acknowledged as having given reliable intelligence that assisted in ascertaining that some of the Chibok girls had been seen, we think such countries should also be approached for further assistance.

We consider it a pity that some persons could be accused of trying to benefit financially or politically from the Chibok Girls saga, bearing in mind that these girls come from families who have been deprived of their children for over two years. It goes to show the level of decadence some people would degenerate to in trying to achieve their selfish objectives.

From the inception of this administration, President Muhammadu Buhari has made it clear that no stone would be left unturned in trying to secure the release of the Chibok Girls. Government has sought trust, understanding and patience from all concerned in this drive to bring the Chibok Girls issue to a happy ending. We urge everyone  to cooperate, hoping that the endurance of Nigerians that has been stretched thin, would be rewarded.