Chibok: #BringBackOurGirls group asks Nigerian government to live up to responsibility

For six weeks, no tangible report from government on efforts to rescue the girls.

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign group on in Abuja has asked the Nigerian government to live up to its responsibility of rescuing the over 200 schoolgirls still with the Boko Haram.

The Boko Haram on April 14 abducted over 250 teenage students from their hostels in Government Secondary School, Chibok. About 217 of that number are still being held by the terrorists while about 50 have been reunited with their family after they escaped from the terrorists.

In a briefing, Wednesday, to mark 80 days of the girls abduction, a member of the group, Mariam Uwais, lamented that for six weeks, there had not been any tangible report from those in authority over efforts being made to rescue the girls.

She also noted the conflicting reports from the Nigerian military and the U.S. government,which is helping in the rescue of the girls.

“We called this press conference this afternoon because of our fears given the frightening silence from our government on the rescue operation. We have noted the no-progress report recently ascribed to a Pentagon spokesperson, Rear Admiral John Kirby, who spoke on the US support to our government,” Ms. Uwais said.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, on May 26 said that the Nigerian military knew the location where the girls were held but could not attack for fear of killing the girls.

However, an Ambassador of the United States African Command, AFRICOM, Phillip Carter, had also clarified that the US government was only assisting in rescue efforts.

Mr. Carter said that rescuing the girls was primarily the responsibility of the Nigerian government.

“Fundamentally, the question of what this is achieving, that is a question you should pose to the Nigerian government and not AFRICOM,” Mr. Carter had said.

Ms. Uwais said that the Nigerian government would need to redeem itself by restoring citizen’s confidence in the government’s ability to provide security for lives and property.

Also, a former Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, said the delayed effort to rescue the girls was saddening. She also condemned the continuous attacks on citizens by the terrorist.

The Chairman, Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Abana, said the parents of the abducted girls see the #BringBackOurGirls group as their only hope towards the safe rescue of the girls.

The group, among others, called for an assessment of the effectiveness of on-going rescue operation with credible communication to the public without compromising sensitive operational information.

It also called for a review of the financing of security operations by the Nigerian Government and the National Assembly to ensure adequacy and value for money, especially with regard to allocation of resources for adequate compensation and welfare of security personnel in the military and other security agencies.


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