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Still On The Missing Chibok Schoolgirls

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Posted: Jul 19, 2016 at 2:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


The rescue of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls which was a top priority during the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 election seems to be fading, going by the reports recently in the media by the Presidential aides. Indeed, dashed hopes and failed promises seem to be the conclusion of many Nigerians as the debate on the whereabouts of these kidnapped Schoolgirls continues to dominate public fora.

Just last week the Presidency noted that “ it was incapacitated in the rescue of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls because it lacked intelligence report on the girls”. According to Garba Shehu,Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity “President Buhari will never make a bogus promises or play to the gallery. It is misleading of anyone to preach that the chibok girls are within an early grasp. If the military under the president knew where they are held, they would bring the chibok girls back home today”.

There is no doubt that such declaration is capable of dimming the flicker of hope that was beginning to build up when Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the abducted Chibok school girls, was allegedly found and rescued not too long ago, by the military personnel deployed to fight insurgency in the North East.

Obviously, there is a seeming pressure on the presidency, not just from the Bring Back Our Girls Group(BBOG), but also from many other Nigerians who are passionate and had been following developments surrounding the rescue efforts of the kidnapped Schoolgirls. More so, it appears this ostensible demand on the presidency stems from the fact that it was one of President Buhari’s cardinal campaign promises. Also recalled that after President Buhari assumed office, the BBOG group had an opportunity of meeting with him in the Presidential Villa where he, again, raised their hope of rescuing the girls.


It is therefore disappointing that after over one year in office, the promise is yet to be fulfilled as the Chibok girls are still in captivity. Not a few Political Watchers believe that this current government is overwhelmed by the missing Chibok girls’ saga, let alone rescuing them.

The truth is that right now, Nigerians and indeed the international community are waiting to see a fulfillment of the promise by the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to rescue the Chibok girls, or at least come up with convincing information regarding what may have happened to them.


Surely, the mystery in which the issue of the missing Chibok girls is wrapped needs to be unraveled by the current administration. To do this, government should not hide under the radar of lack of intelligence report because that would constitute an indictment on it and the Nigerian military. We are encouraged by reports in the media last week that President Buhari had approved a fresh investigation into the abduction of the schoolgirls. Perhaps this would clear the air on whether the abduction actually took place.

Indeed, the President needs to understand that the issue of the missing Chibok Schoolgirls has equally become an albatross to his government. As it were, if the girls are not found as promised, it could constitute a metaphor in the next Presidential Election, considering that it may deepen the already eroding popularity of President Buhari’s government before the electorate.