The #BringBackOurGirls group has said that recent details released by the Nigerian government on its engagement with Boko Haram, show that nothing was done in 2016 to rescue the missing Chibok girls.
The girls were abducted by the extremists on April 14, 2014.
The #BringBackOurGirls group on Friday marked 900 days since the over 200 girls were taken from their school in Chibok, Borno State.
A statement by the group’s conveners, Aisha Yesufu and Obi Ezekwesili, said details released by the government on September 16 proved that the government had since moved on while the girls remain in captivity.
“First, we noted that the detailed account presented by the Minister of Information revealed activities related to rescue effort only up to December 2015. It is thus curious that there was no activity reported for the entire nearly nine months of 2016,” the group said.
The group condemned President Buhari’s remarks during his recent trip to the United States, where the president said he did not want to comment on the abduction.
The mother of Dorcas Yakubu, the school girl shown speaking in a recent Boko Haram video, said the president should act to secure the girls’ release.
“You said you don’t want to say anything. We too do not want to hear anything from you, Mr. President. All we want is to see our children back,” Mrs. Yakubu said.
She called on the government to be honest with Nigerians in its reports about the war on insurgency.
“They say that thousands of these terrorists die every day, yet Maiduguri is still a den for these terrorists. Where do they come from if they are killed as the military claims,” the group said.
Also speaking at the event, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch, Mausi Segun, said it was unfortunate that Nigeria chose to align with countries with dismal human rights records.