Executive Director, Enough Is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun on Monday drew attention to the many other tragedies brought by the Boko Haram sect in the past few years, insisting that the #BringBackOurGirls is not just about the abducted school girls, but about the many lives that have been unaccounted for.
According to her the abduction of the 234 girls would have been silenced if not for protests and international attention, adding that 200 missing people in Chibok is the equivalent of 5 million people in Lagos State.
Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Adamolekun stated that the series of street protests in the country were making headway as they had gained attention and raised awareness.
She also cited a 2013 report of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, which had disclosed several cases of abduction in the North East, the killing of schoolboys in Buni Yadi and abduction of 20 girls in Borno.
“The number for the Chibok girls has raised this level of international awareness but I really don’t want people to forget that the pattern of abduction is new and the pattern of silence is not new,” she said.
She berated what seemed to be a disregard for human lives by the government as there were no agencies keeping records of victims of terrorism. “There is a fundamental issue with the way we respect lives in this country.”
She however stated that in the case of the Chibok girls, the onus rests on the Borno State government and the West Africa Examination Council to release comprehensive information to the public.