How Abductors Kept Chibok Girls In Houses, Taught Them Scripture Recitations – Community Leader

 

Seven years after Boko Haram terrorists abducted 276 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State; a community leader has revealed how the girls were divided into groups, kept in houses, and taught how to recite the scriptures.

The National Coordinator of Gwoza Christain Community Association (GCCA), Ayuba Bassa said the memory of the abduction remains fresh in the memory of many Gwoza residents, who watched helplessly as the insurgents moved the girls from one location to another.

He spoke on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, and lamented that many are disappointed over unfulfilled promises that the girls will be rescued soon.

Ayuba Bassa, National Coordinator of Gwoza Christain Community Association (GCCA).

 

“I could picture when the abduction earlier happened. Most of the people within the Gwoza settlement then will tell you the houses where the girls were divided into and kept. Those Chibok girls were in Gwoza for more than four weeks and were being taught how to recite the scriptures.

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“So, if you go to Gwoza the memory is still fresh. They will tell you it is this house and this house that they were being kept. I can point like two houses they were kept and the routes they passed.

“So many residents feel if the government had made enough efforts to know that the girls were kept in house number one and house number two, the girls would have been rescued,” he said.

Bassa believes that the Chibok abduction was used to frustrate Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.

“Even if you go to Gwoza today, ask anybody, they will tell you, the girls were used for political rivalry,” he added.

The abduction of Chibok schoolgirls on April 14, 2014, threw the world into a shock, and many human rights groups, and campaigners have continued to call for their return.

Although most of the 276 girls escaped or were later released, more than 112 girls are still missing.

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign group has since vowed not to relent in their campaign for the release of the schoolgirls.

I Have Not Lost Hope That Remaining Chibok Schoolgirls, Others Will Be Freed – Zulum

In this photo taken on April 14, 2021, the names of the Chibok girls still in captivity are displayed on desks in commemoration of the seven years anniversary since they were abducted by Boko Haram in Borno State.

 

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, is hopeful that the remaining Chibok girls and others still held captive by Boko Haram will return safely.

He stated this as an assurance to the parents of the girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in April 2014.

“As a father of all sons and daughters of Borno, I have not lost hope that our remaining Chibok schoolgirls and other abducted persons will be safely recovered,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Isa Gusau.

He added, “Parents of Chibok schoolgirls have been devastated, yet they have demonstrated faith and strength in the hope of reconnecting with their missing daughters.

“They deserve our continued empathy, our compassion, our support and most importantly, sharing their optimism.”

Governor Zulum, as a father of daughters, said he could not imagine the pains of having one’s daughter held by terrorists for as long as seven years.

He urged parents, especially anyone with a female child, to pause for a while and imagine how it would feel to have their daughter abducted and held for more than 2,549 days.

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

Pains Of Anxiety, Depression

The governor was worried by the series of imaginations that could come to the minds of the parents and relations of the girls still held in the captivity of the insurgents.

According to him, the mental torture of not knowing the fate of one’s daughter in the hands of Boko Haram is far worse than losing a child.

“No parent can ever lose hope in a missing child and having that hope comes with so much pains of anxiety and depression,” said Governor Zulum.

He noted that he has had a series of interactions with President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of the girls, adding that the President was as concerned as their parents.

“Countless times, the President has shown me that he is not losing hope on the Chibok girls. He says to me although a number of our girls were reunited with their parents and are being catered for by the Federal Government, he is not happy until the remaining girls are freed.

“I believe the President and I urge everyone in Borno to sustain prayers for those girls and everyone in abduction to be safely freed, and for peace to be fully and permanently restored in Borno,” the governor said.

He prayed for peace in Borno and gave an assurance that the state government would not relent in its support for security agencies and funding thousands of recruited volunteers.

We Remain Optimistic About Rescue Of Remaining Chibok Girls – Zulum

 

Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has said that his administration is still optimistic of rescuing the remaining Chibok schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity.

Zulum who made an appearance on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday, said this while responding to questions about the state of security in the northeastern state.

It’s been six years since over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from their secondary school in Chibok town.

While some have been rescued and several others escaped, many still remain in captivity.

When asked if the government had lost hope in the rescue of the girls, Zulum said: “not at all”. “We are still optimistic,” the governor who has also been a victim of several attacks, added.

Their abduction sparked several trends across social media including the #BringBackOurGirls which piqued the attention of local and international authorities, demanding swift actions towards the rescue of the girls.

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Years later, Borno State remains in the eye of the storm with several insurgent attacks, despite claims by the Federal Government that the military had taken control of Sambisa forest – a major stronghold of the insurgents.

The governor confirmed this on Friday, saying that insurgents are still occupying the shores of the Lake Chad, Sambisa forest and Madra Hills, as he called for the deployment of more military personnel.

“One most important thing is the presence of the insurgents in the Lake Chad, presence of the insurgents in the Sambisa game reserve and the Madra Hills and this is one of our greatest challenges,” he said.

“They normally leave those areas and come and attack innocent people in their settlements and go back to their hideouts and therefore there is a need for the Nigerian Military to take the war into these critical areas with a view to eliminating them”.

PHOTOS: WAEC Conducts Exams In Chibok Six Years After Abduction Of Schoolgirls

Students sitting for WAEC exam for the first time in six years. Photo: 7 Division, Nigerian Army.

 

 

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has conducted the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), in Chibok Local Government, Borno State, the first time since the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in the area by Boko Haram insurgents, six years ago. 

The 7 Division, Nigerian Army, disclosed this on Thursday.

Schools in the local government were closed by the Federal Government following the abduction of the girls from the Government Girls’ Secondary School Chibok on April 14, 2014.

Six years after the incident which led to the formation of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group, the school has now been converted into a mixed school (for boys and girls).

File photo: Members of the BBOG.

 

Out of the 219 schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents, 107 have regained freedom after various rescue efforts and mediated negotiations between the Federal Government and the terrorists.

President Muhammadu Buhari who rose to power on a three-pronged agenda of fighting insecurity, ridding the country of corruption and revamping the economy, had at various fora restated his resolve to rescue other schoolgirls still in captivity.

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File photo: Some of the rescued Chibok Girls

 

“Diverse efforts are being intensified to secure the release of the Chibok Girls, along with all hostages in Boko Haram captivity, including Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped from her school, Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018,” the Nigerian leader said in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls.

Below are photos of students sitting for the WAEC examination in Chibok:

 

‘Targeted and Exposed’

In 2018, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said over 1000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria since 2013.

“They are consistently targeted and exposed to brutal violence in their homes, schools and public places,” the agency added.

Chibok Girls: Jonathan Shouldn’t Have Bothered Denying Cameron’s Allegations – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says former president Goodluck Jonathan should not have bothered to respond to the allegations of former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, over the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in 2015.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement said Nigerians already know the story of Jonathan’s “habitual negligence” to matters of state and so it was not necessary for him to try to deny.

According to the party, denying or arguing would not change anything.

In his new book entitled, For the Record, Mr Cameron had accused the previous government of “sleeping on the wheel” while Boko Haram terrorists were abducting schoolgirls in Chibok community of Borno State.

The former United Kingdom Prime Minister also accused Dr Jonathan of preventing British forces from engaging in rescue efforts, saying he seemed to see the incident as cheap politics.

However, responding to the matter, Jonathan described the claims as “quite sad”.

He insisted that none of the allegations was true, adding that he did not only write letters to the former UK Prime Minister but sought the help of former Presidents Barrack Obama (US) and Francois Hollande (France), as well as the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in rescuing the Chibok girls.

The reaction came as the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group marked 2000 days of the abduction on October 5.


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But the APC insists that the Jonathan administration was corrupt.

Beyond that, the party also says it is a national consensus that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), elevated corruption to a national culture.

“The Chibok schoolgirls abduction and his “sleeping behind the wheel” is not a story to deny as it is already part of our national history. We may disagree on a number of issues in Nigeria, but there is a national consensus on the fact that PDP elevated corruption to a national culture.

“That Jonathan’s government was corrupt was actually half of the story. The full story is that corruption hallmarked the successive 16 years,” the statement read.

The APC went further to state that “what is important now is Jonathan explaining to the families of the abducted schoolgirls why as president, he did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok abductions and still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now — except he continues to blame the Chibok abductions and other failings of his administration on the so-called grand conspiracy against him as he laboriously tries to state in his response to Cameron”.

According to the party, the current administration’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping is a pointer to how a responsive government should act.

Leah Sharibu’s Release: ‘Time Is Of Essence’, CAN President Tells FG

 

The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle has cautioned the Federal Government that time is of essence in the release of abducted Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls by insurgents.

The CAN President made the appeal on Thursday during a courtesy to Adamawa state to commiserate with the Christian community over recent attacks.

“Time is of the essence, every minute those people are spending in captivity matters so much about the years of heir lives. We don’t need to delay or hesitate any longer. We are glad that the president is still making promises, but let it be transformed into action. We want to see them back very soon.”

The Christian leader affirmed that the government has everything it takes to secure the release of Leah and the Chibok girls and any further delay could be dangerous.

“Our hearts are becoming sick; we have been hopeful. It is a government that is empowered to do work and they have everything it takes in order to know where these people are to get them out. The lives of the people in captivity are very important and attach to it, high priority.”

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Meanwhile, father of Leah, Nathan Sharibu, urged the government to live by the promises made in the rescue of his daughter.

“I’m disappointed in the federal government because the president has called my wife several times and promised that he is doing his possible best to see that my daughter has been released. He sent some ministers to my house to encourage us that our daughter will be coming back very soon, but till now, we haven’t seen her.”

Rev. Ayokunle was also in Taraba state to sympathise with the government and people over attacks in Lau and Wukari which led to lives lost.

He urged the government at both state and federal to be more proactive in the protection of lives and property in order to forestall further attacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBOG Marks 5th Anniversary Of Chibok Abduction, Demands Release Of Remaining Girls

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Members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group are marking the 5th anniversary of the abduction of over 100 girls by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the Chibok community, Borno State.

The group is demanding the release of the remaining girls still held in the captivity of the terrorist group and also asking the Federal Government to make schools in the northeast safe.

In a sit-out in Lagos to honour the Chibok schoolgirls, the faces and names have been posted at the Falomo roundabout in the Ikoyi area of the state as well as other parts of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Saturday renewed his vow to ensure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and  Leah Sharibu in Boko Haram’s enclave.

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He disclosed this in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls.

He said he is aware that the promise to rescue the girls is the main reason the people of Chibok voted overwhelmingly for him in the February election.

The President had promised the parents of the kidnapped girls when he met them at the beginning of his first term as President, that he would ensure their daughters returned home.

He said his government had so far succeeded in securing the release of 107 of the girls, he will not rest until the remaining girls are reunited with their families.

However, 112 girls are still in captivity.

On April 14, 2014, over 200 students were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School.

The abduction of the schoolgirls triggered global condemnation including former President of the United State, Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle.

 

PHOTOS: Parents, Activists Mark Five Years Of Chibok Girls’ Abduction

Parents, Activists Mark Five Years Of Chibok Girls' Abduction
A combination of photos taken on April 14, 2019, in Abuja during the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Chibok abduction. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

April 14, 2019, marks the fifth year since Boko Haram terrorists invaded a secondary school in Chibok community in Borno State and abducted more than 200 girls.

Although 107 of the abducted schoolgirls have returned home, 112 girls and Leah Sharibu have yet to regain their freedom.

Leah is the schoolgirl abducted by the insurgents along with over 100 others in Dapchi, Yobe State in February 2018.


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The terrorists had returned the other Dapchi girls but left Leah behind for refusing to renounce Christianity.

In commemoration of five years in Boko Haram captivity of the Chibok girls, members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group set up chairs with the names of the remaining 112 girls and Leah as they hold their third annual lecture in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The chairs symbolise that the girls were kidnapped while in school and till this day, their chairs in school are empty.

Meanwhile, the parents of the Chibok girls held another commemoration event at the Government Secondary School, Chibok where their children were abducted in 2014.

Representatives of the community alleged that they were facing “genocide type elimination” by Boko Haram insurgents.

The President of Kibaku Area Development Association, Dauda Illiah, called for the Federal Government’s assistance in this regard and sought relief materials for victims of attacks.

He also urged the government to build a rehabilitation centre for parents and victims of kidnappings in Chibok.

He asked the government to complete the 40km Chibok-Damboa Road which said has not been completed for 40 years and has become a den of kidnappers.

See the photos of the event in Abuja below:

Chibok: We Will Never Give Up On Our Missing Daughters – Buhari

Chibok: We Will Never Give Up On Our Missing Daughters – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given assurance that his administration will not give up on the remaining girls still in the captivity of Boko Haram terrorist group.

He said this in a series of tweets on Sunday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the abduction of the schoolgirls by the insurgents in Chibok community in Borno State in April 2014.

The President noted that while 107 of them have returned, he insisted that the Federal Government would not relent in its efforts in securing the release of the remaining girls and Leah Sharibu, as well as other Nigerians in captivity.

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He stressed that he had promised to ensure that all the remaining girls were back and reunited with their families, adding that he was committed to fulfilling his pledge.

President Buhari said thousands of captives had been rescued by the nation’s security forces in the last four years and they would not relent until everyone held captive was freed.

He further congratulated the young women rescued from the terrorists on the successes they have recorded in their various endeavours.

He also praised them for their courage and determination to defy the evil ideology of the insurgents by continuing to pursue their education.

Read the President’s tweets below:

Buhari Renews Vow To Secure Release Of Leah Sharibu, Chibok Girls

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed his vow to ensure the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls in Boko Haram’s enclave. 

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the President promised the parents of the kidnapped girls that he would ensure their daughters are returned home.

The President’s statement was in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok girls.

He said he is aware that the promise to rescue the girls is the main reason the people of Chibok voted overwhelmingly for him in the February election.

President Buhari noted that although his government has so far succeeded in bringing back 107 of the girls, he will not rest until the remaining are reunited with their families.

He assured the parents that his administration is still on the matter.

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“Diverse efforts are being intensified to secure the release of the Chibok Girls, along with all hostages in Boko Haram captivity, including Leah Sharibu who was kidnapped from her school, Science Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe State, on February 19, 2018.

“On Leah Sharibu’s abduction, the interlocutors have reported encouraging progress so far.

“The report reaching us says her return to her family has unfortunately been hindered by the fear of the militants.

“They worry that heavy military presence in areas where they previously moved about freely could affect their safety after they return her to the government.

“At the same time, the military cannot jeopardise the security of the entire north-eastern region by halting their operations to accommodate Boko Haram’s fears.

“Leah Sharibu will be reunited with her family as soon as any conclusions are reached on a number of options being considered for her safe transportation.

“The success of the Nigerian military in subduing Boko Haram is evidenced by the large numbers of militants who have surrendered recently, especially in neighbouring Cameroon and Niger.

“A similar mass surrender of militants is expected to happen soon in Nigeria.

“While Nigerian military operations are ongoing, the government is also engaging with the militants but the talks have been affected by the factionalisation of Boko Haram – with one group adopting a hard-line attitude and intensifying attacks on Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad, and another group engaging with the government for peaceful resolution,” the statement read in parts.

President Buhari also used this opportunity of the commemoration of the Chibok tragedy to commend the girls, now women, who have triumphed over it all.

He sent special greetings to the 106 girls sponsored by the Nigerian government to continue their studies at the American University of Nigeria, Yola.

He encouraged them to stay focused on becoming women who will inspire girls in Nigeria and around the world to triumph over the daily battles they face in a world that is often unfair to the girl-child.

President Buhari also extended his best wishes to Chibok girls in other schools in Nigeria and around the world.

He sent special congratulations to Kauna Yaga Bitrus, who has excelled beyond expectations in her college in Maine, USA, and who is soon to receive a special ‘Against All Odds Award’ from her school.

Safe Release Of Remaining Chibok Girls Is My Priority, Buhari Tells Swiss President

President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Polish President Andrzej Duda during a bilateral meeting with the Polish leader and delegation at the sideline of the 24th Session of the Conference on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland. PHOTO: SUNDAY AGHAEZE/State House.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his government will not rest until the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in April 2014 are safely released.

According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said this on Monday in Katowice, Poland, during a bilateral meeting with Swiss President, Alain Berset, on the margins of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24.

”We will continue to make the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls a priority and will welcome any kind of support from any quarters to make this happen,” he said.

Shehu in the statement added that President Buhari had spent the whole day at the International Conference Centre, Katowice, where he delivered his national address at the opening of the 12-day meeting of COP24.

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda with his delegation Meets President Muhammadu Buhari and his delegation among who are Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello; Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the 24th Session of the conference of the parties under UN Framework convention of Climates Change COP24-Katowice, Poland. PHOTO: SUNDAY AGHAEZE/State House.

 

He also met with several world leaders and visited the Nigerian pavilion at the climate summit.

During his meeting with the Swiss President, the Buhari thanked the Swiss Confederation for its efforts and role as intermediaries to secure the release of some Chibok girls and assured him that the issue of the remaining kidnapped girls and other abducted persons will remain a ”key priority” for the Nigerian government.

President Buhari and his Swiss counterpart also discussed joint strategies to ensure the safe return of the girls, building on the past successes of securing the release of some of the Chibok girls and other abducted persons in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

The President also welcomed the Swiss President’s commitment to continue providing humanitarian assistance to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria and to ensure the safe release of the abducted school girls.

Shettima Slams Jonathan’s Book, Accuses Him Of Sweeping Report On Chibok Girls ‘Under The Carpet’

File Photo: Governor Kashim ShettimaShettima

 

The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of sweeping the report by an investigative panel on the abduction of the Chibok Girls ‘under the carpet’.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau on Wednesday, Shettima stated that the former President failed to publish the report in his book titled, ‘My Transition Hours’ which was launched on Tuesday.

He said this in reaction to Chapter Four of the book titled, ‘The Chibok School Girls Affair’.

He described the alleged omission of the report as a “clever attempt to sweep under the carpet, incontrovertible facts surrounding the April 14, 2014 Chibok abduction”.

The statement read in part, “The whole of Tuesday night, I took the pains of reading His Excellency, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book, My transition hours, from the first to the 177th page.

“I took particular interest in Chapter Four (the Chibok School Girls Affair) which has 42 paragraphs written on pages 27 to 36. I was amused that despite ‎admitting in paragraph 15, that he had (in May 2014) constituted a Presidential Fact-Finding Committee under Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo and many others “to investigate” the Chibok abduction, former President Jonathan refused to mention any part or whole of the findings by that panel which had submitted a highly investigative report submitted to him on Friday, June 20, 2014 after the panel held investigative meetings with the then Chiefs of Defense Staff, Army Staff, Air Staff, the DG, DSS and IGP, met all security heads in Borno, visited Chibok, met with parents of abducted schoolgirls, met surviving students, interrogated officials of the school and the supervising ministry of education, interrogated officials of WAEC and analyzed all correspondences.

“What has become very clear is that the former President decided to sit on facts in his custody while he published, in an elementary standard, a book of fiction designed to pass guilty verdicts to anyone but himself, with respect to the open failures of his administration to rescue our daughters and in tackling the Boko Haram challenge”.


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Governor Shettima further stated that “At the end, the panel submitted it’s report directly to President Jonathan on Friday, the 20th of June, 2014 in Abuja. President Jonathan has refused to make public the findings submitted to him.

“I was expecting the findings in his book but he has deliberately swept that report under the carpet”.

He also claimed that in page 31 of the book, the former president noted that the Boko Haram Insurgents wanted a Muslim President rather than himself who was a Christian.

He described the idea as laughable saying that it was clear to him after reading the book, that he (Jonathan) “still lives with poor understanding of issues under his presidency”

“The insurgents actually began their deadliest attacks in Borno under the regime of late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, a Muslim from northern Nigeria.

“We know for a fact that as vicious cycle of evil, Boko Haram fighters do not care about the religion of their targeted victims. ‎They attack Mosques and churches.

“They are lunatics who regard anyone who doesn’t share their ideology as an infidel. So, I wonder how the former President didn’t take time to understand the biggest challenge under his presidency” Shettima said.


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The Governor, therefore, advised Jonathan to write a second book on account of his presidency which should contain “the facts” regarding the Chibok abduction.