Chibok Girls: Nigerian govt invites #BringBackOurGirls for Sambisa search

The Federal Government has invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

The invitation extended to members of the BBOG, an advocacy group for the release of the missing school girls from Chibok, Borno, was contained in a letter dated January 11.

The letter, signed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and addressed to Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the group, was made available to the media on Saturday.

In the letter, the government asked the BBOG to nominate three of its members to join on the guided trip on January 16 in recognition of the unwavering commitment of the group to the release of the girls.

“The trip being planned by the military will see the ministers of defence and information, the Chief of Air Staff and Chief of Army Staff joining the invited BBOG members and a select group of journalists.

“They will first go to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Command Centre in Yola to witness firsthand the efforts being made to search for the girls by NAF and then join the day and night sorties with the BAF to the Sambisa Forest.

“Please note that due to limited seats on the search plane, only two of the invited BBOG members will join the NAF sorties.

“After the sorties, the team will return to Yola for bidding by the NAF on their daily search for the girls as well as all those who have been abducted by Boko Haram.

“Departure is scheduled for 8.30a.m. at the Air Force wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Monday the Jan. 17, 2017,” the letter reads in part.

The government stated that the trip would avail the BBOG the opportunity to witness and better understand the efforts being made to secure the freedom of the girls and other victims of Book Haram terrorists. (NAN)


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  • AFRICANER

    What a ridiculous stunt! Minister Lai’s brain expired a decade ago. He thinks he is clever.
    The government should be transparent, and believable on the Chibok issue; to be credible, the Nigerian government must fish out the sponsors of Boko Haram, period.

    • Arabakpura

      Why would you refuse to go and at the same time refuse to give way? You see CNN journalists join troops in Iraq and Syria to the war front to witness first hand and then report! Why are you guys so impossible? You cannot believe what they tell you and you also don’t want to take the opportunity to verify!

      • Otile

        It is irresponsible for a government official to invite civilians to the war front. Nigeria is doomed under the sheepish rule of Mohamed Buhari.

        • Arabakpura

          Would they now believe their report? Since they cannot come?

          • Otile

            Seeing is believing, when all the girls are back we believe them. NothIng real can be seen by flying high altitude over Sambisa evil forest either by night or by day.

          • muazu wali

            That is the whole point. They will see what the pilots have always seen – NOTHING.

      • muazu wali

        My friend that is Nigeria and Nigerian self claimed activists for you! They only have noise and no substance. The publicity is sufficient for their ego and nothing more!

  • thusspokez

    The Federal Government has invited members of the Bring Our Girls Back group to a short trip into Sambisa forest in search of the missing Chibok girls.

    What a stµpd government. What sort of person would came up with this idea? Obviously a first-class mørøn.

  • Reginald Dandeson

    This is unbelievable. Invite the #BringBackOurGirls group for Sambisa search? What a senseless idea!!! How on earth can making sorties over Sambisa forest with the NAF be a proof of the efforts being made to free the Chibok girls? Was it through such sorties that the government secured the release of the other 21 Chibok girls? Was it the effort of sorties? This government is fast becoming a huge joke and a big disgrace to Nigeria and Nigerians.

    The government may as well tell the parents of the remaining girls to join the military in searching for their girls if they ever hope to see their wards again.