Shehu Sani Suggests Options To Rescue Chibok Girls

Shehu Sani on Chibok girlsSenator Shehu Sani has advised the Federal government to explore the option of negotiation and the use of force to rescue the missing Chibok girls.

This is coming two years after the Boko Haram militants kidnapped some school girls in the Chibok community of Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday said that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understood the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and would not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.


Negotiation And Use Of Force
Giving his opinion on Sunrise Daily, Senator Sani recommended three options that the Federal government could explore to ensure the safe return of the missing girls.

“First of all is to explore the negotiation option which is dialogue, and secondly is to continue to use force hoping that we can raid the camp and rescue the girls from the insurgents.

“The third aspect is to use force and still open the door for negotiation, which is the one which I prefer because the use of force (the military option) is still a clear message to the insurgents that they cannot win the military,” he said.

The lawmaker, however, highlighted the fact that the girls were on the terrorists’ camp as hostages and cautioned that “attempt to use force to rescue them naturally comes with consequences”.

He maintained that the available option was to continue to explore all options that would make it possible to get the missing girls back home safe and alive.

Chibok Girls: BBOG Campaigners March To Presidential Villa

Chibok-Girls-Presidential-VillaThe march in commemoration of the 2-year anniversary of the Chibok girls abduction, which started from the Unity Fountain climaxed as planned at the Presidential Villa.

However, a human barricade formed by men of the Nigerian Police stopped members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group from gaining access into the villa.

That did not, however, stop the campaigners from continuing with their planned itinerary at the Presidency which ended with a press conference.

They delivered their message to the President right there.

First they asked the President to act fast to rescue the girls, some of which some parents had just identified in recent pictures on CNN.

Other major demand of the group is that government should investigate every case of kidnapping, whether or not it is related to Chibok, set up a missing persons verification bureau as well as a rehabilitation platform for victims of insurgency.

The Chairman of the Chibok community, Tsambido Hosea, also asked for the establishment of a special search and rescue team with a special mandate to locate and rescue the Chibok girls.

He said that members of the community have continued to grieve over the faith of the girls and are asking the federal government to step up efforts to find them.

Meanwhile, the co-convener of the BBOG campaign group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, reassured Nigerians that the movement is apolitical with interests focused on good governance alone.

“Those who have misrepresented our advocacy to mean some politics need to be mindful of the fact that politics has not delivered anything valuable to any of our Chibok girls,” she said.

The campaigners said that 731 days is no joke and is too long a time for young girls to be left at the mercy of insurgents and away from home but they are not giving up until the girls are back and alive.

They insisted that government must act fast on the new information available.

 

One of the parents of the Chibok girls, Esther Yakubu, while berating the Police for denying them access to the Presidential Villa, said tearfully, “It is not our fault. We didn’t beg for it and we didn’t pay the Boko Haram to kidnap our girls. They did it just to fulfill their selfish interest.”

National Assembly Remembers Chibok Girls

chibok girlsThe National Assembly has expressed concern that two years after over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents, the Chibok girls are yet to regain their freedom and their whereabouts unknown.

The lawmakers blame the federal government for failing to rescue the girls after two years.

The upper chamber consequently resolved to summon the service chiefs and the National Security Adviser to explain efforts made so far to rescue the girls.

Federal lawmakers in the lower chamber described the abduction of the Chibok girls and their continued captivity as national shame.

They directed the Ministry of Interior to pay compensation to the families of the abducted girls.

Federal lawmakers also asked the Borno State government to rebuild Chibok secondary school in the interest of children in the community.

The National Assembly has asked security agencies to do everything possible to ensure that the girls are rescued.

A symbolic march was held to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the abduction of over 200 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok Borno State.

The ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group convened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, and subsequently marched to the Presidential Villa to present their messages to the Presidency.

However, a human barricade formed by officers of the Nigerian Police stopped members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group from gaining access into the villa.

Prior to the march, co-convener of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili told Channels Television that Nigerians must continue to empathize with the plight of the girls.

Members of the group have asked Nigerians and the international community not to relent in attempts to return the missing schoolgirls to their parents.

I Share Your Pains, Buhari Assures Parents Of Chibok Girls

Chibok girlsPresident Muhammadu Buhari has assured parents and relations of the kidnapped Chibok girls that he frequently reflects on the ordeal of the captives in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists and shares the pain of their continued absence from home.

On the second anniversary of the kidnap of the girls, President Buhari affirmed that, as a parent and leader of the country, he understands the torment, frustration and anxiety of the parents and will not spare any effort to ensure the safe return of the girls.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President continues to believe that with the total commitment of the Federal Government, Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies, and the support of the international community, the girls will be eventually rescued.

“President Buhari notes that thousands of persons, mostly women and children, who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, have already been rescued and reunited with their families. He shares the hope of the parents that the Chibok girls will ultimately be rescued and reunited with their families as well.

“The President assures the parents that the Federal Government and security agencies will continue to explore all possible options for the safe return of the girls.

“President Buhari urges the parents to continue to exercise patience and understanding as the government works diligently to ensure that the girls return home unharmed.

“The President thanks all Nigerians, religious and civil organizations, and the international community for their continued sympathy, support and prayers for the return of the Chibok girls,” the statement reads.

Children Suicide Attacks Increased 10-Fold Since Chibok – UNICEF

chibokData released by the United Nations Children’s’ Emergency Fund (UNICEF) shows that child suicide attacks in Nigeria and neighbouring countries rose sharply from four in 2014 to 44 in 2015.

The  report entitled ‘Beyond Chibok’ shows that between January 2014 and February 2016, Cameroon recorded 21 Boko Haram-induced suicide attacks involving children, followed by Nigeria, 17, and Chad with two.

According to the UNICEF report, more than 75% of the children were girls.

The report notes that nearly 1.3 million children have been displaced, and about 1,800 schools are closed, damaged, looted, burned down or used as shelter by displaced people.

The news of the Chibok abduction has caused international outrage against Boko Haram as well as the federal government of Nigeria since April 2014.

Many protesters all over the world have demanded greater government actions over the rescue of the girls and security of lives and property.

As the world marks two years of the abduction, the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ group have asked Nigerians and the international community not to relent in attempts to return the missing schoolgirls to their parents.

The group convened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, and subsequently marched to the Presidential Villa to present their messages to the Presidency.

However, a human barricade formed by officers of the Nigerian Police stopped members of the ‘Bring Back Our Girl’ group from gaining access into the villa.

Prior to the march, co-convener of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili told Channels Television that Nigerians must continue to empathize with the plight of the girls.