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When will the kidnapped Chibok girls return?

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 12:04 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Funmi Falobi / Senior Reporter, Lagos


One bitter taste the Boko Haram insurgency has left in the mouth of Nigerians and the nation is the abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok area of Borno State on April 14, 2014. With the abduction, a new twist was introduced into the terrorism activity of the Islamic sect as the international community became concerned with the security situation in the North East of Nigeria. Some of the developed nations joined forces with the Nigerian military in search of the abducted girls but one year after, the school girls are no where to be found in spite of concerted efforts.

man-jona-in-the-newsHowever, before the involvement of the international community and subsequent operation by the military in launching attacks against the terror group, many had criticised the lackadaisical attitude of the Nigerian government in taking immediate action to arrest the situation especially as it was then believed the girls were still in the Sambisa forest. Concern for the schoolgirls became high when the Boko Haram members introduced the use of female suicide bombers in unleashing terror on the citizens. Not a few believe that some of the girls might have been brainwashed and drafted into carrying out such atrocity.

But last week, while reiterating the Federal Government’s determination to continue the search for the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC) and Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mike Omeri, said, “The search for the Chibok girls continues. Again, until it is concluded, we cannot start believing speculations. The assurance I will give you is that everywhere is being combed.”

Reflecting, Executive Director, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi expressed that with good strategy and mobilisation, the nation would be able to address issues affecting it including the abducted girls.

“Intelligence machinery is not good enough to build confidence in the people. The community doesn’t have confidence in the military. We need to build community system that will give information. We need to build trust in the community. Fighting terrorism is a collective effort, not the military alone. Everybody must fight terrorism”, she said.

But the question now is: when will they return?