Chibok Girls Rescue: Wahab Stresses Need To Follow Every Lead

Garba Wahab, Chibok girlsFormer Chief of Army Administration, Major General Garba Wahab (Rtd), has stressed the need to follow every lead in the search for the missing Chibok girls.

General Wahab made the emphasis on Tuesday while calling for synergy among those making efforts to rescue the over 200 secondary school girls abducted from their school’s dormitory in Chibok community of Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A Firm Commitment

“No information should be left unfollowed. All leads should be followed and to do that, there must be a firm commitment from everybody and everybody must be under one command,” he stressed.

The retired senior army officer highlighted that the insurgents had two advantages, saying that the military should leverage on them.

“We need to understand that Boko Haram has two advantages; one, time.

“Any terrorist organisation has the advantage of time on its side, the government does not and two, they know that we are not too sure of the figure we are actually looking for.

“So they play on those two advantages they have (and) we need to narrow down the advantages so that we’ll move on,” he said.

A Single Umbrella

The former GOC, One Division pointed out that above all, the security agencies “must work as one under a single umbrella”.

General Wahab urged the military to put the released video showing the missing girls in a proper perspective.

“The video could have been shot a long time ago.

“It could be a reaction to the fact that Albarnawi had now been made the leader of Boko Haram in Nigeria by ISIS,” said the former Director of Army Operations on Sunrise Daily.

Jonathan Meets With Former Heads Of State Over Chibok

Jonathan and ex leadersFormer Heads of State have committed themselves to doing everything they can to support President Goodluck Jonathan and the Borno State Government to find a solution to the issue of the missing Chibok girls.

In a meeting with the President on Thursday, they also offered help in finding an end to the general challenge of insurgency in the country.

Details of the meeting were made known to State House Correspondents by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The former Heads of State present were Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, General Mohammadu Buhari, General Yakubu Gowon and Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

Also present was the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

General Ibrahim Babangida was absent following the death of the Senator representing his constituency, Senator Kuta, who passed away on Thursday. He sent his apologies.

The meeting which lasted for about an hour was over dinner.

Only Prayers Can Solve Nigeria’s Problems – Prophet Abiara

Samuel AbiaraGeneral Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Prophet Samuel Abiara, on Saturday called on Nigerians to intensify prayers for the nation as “prayers and only prayer can solve the problem” of terrorism in the country.

He made the call while speaking on Sunrise, stating that the government should not be blamed for the problems in the country as the many tragic events happening in the country and all over the world were signs of the End Times.

On the bomb blasts, Boko Haram claimed it was doing in the name of Allah, Abiara said “All these people attached their name as a Muslim sect,” adding that, Satan was the one using the terrorists.

Many had blamed the government for the terrorists activities, while others had said the Church had failed to intervene and obtain God’s mercy; Abiara noted that Christians were not in the position to apportion blame.

We choose not to blame anyone concerning the situation but rather urged the citizens to obey the authorities, as the Bible stated, he said, maintaining that the Bible did not give room for people to criticise the government but to cooperate with whatever decisions reached.

“We must not blame them because they are not God” and “that’s why we continue to pray for them.”

On several prayers that have been said over the nation, concerning security, Abiara said the prayers had been answered.

He stressed that the terrible incidents all over the world cannot be blamed on anyone or body and it was not as a result of the failure of the Church. He added that the events were signs of the End Times which was written about in the Bible.

Although Abiara chose not to make any prophecy about the missing Chibok girls, he said “I can assure Nigerians, they must keep their mind at rest.”

APC Women, Labour Leaders Demand Immediate Release Of Chibok Girls

Chibok girls videoAll Progressives Congress (APC) women and Labour unions in Lagos State on Tuesday joined the call for the rescue of the over 200 girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State a month ago by suspected Boko Haram insurgents as the incident continues to draw both national and international attention.

Led by their leader Mrs Kemi Nelson, the women submitted a letter to the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), for onward dispatch to President Goodluck Jonathan, demanding, among others the immediate and safe release of the girls.

In the letter read by Nelson, before submission to the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, who received them at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on behalf of the Governor, the women expressed dismay at the apparent inaction of the Federal Government towards securing the release of the girls.

They particularly accused the President of insensitivity toward the incident recalling “with sadness” that despite the untoward happening and the fact that parents of those children were going through serious trauma, President Goodluck Jonathan danced publicly at a campaign rally of the People’s Democratic Party in Kano State.

Noting that the kidnap of the Chibok girls was not the first of such incident in the country, the women told the President, “Like in the first kidnap on Tuesday January 14 2014, Nigerians and indeed the entire world have not seen any positive action. Instead, and sadly too, the local and international media are awash with saddening reports which point to complicity of inaction by even the Nigerian Military”.

They expressed shock Amnesty International’s disclosure that the Nigerian Military High Command was allegedly alerted four hours before the “unprecedented mass kidnap” and that even after the kidnap, the military kept away from immediately pursuing the terrorists in order to rescue the girls.

Noting that such reports did not depict seriousness on the part of the President in seeking the rescue of the girls, the women declared, “Mr. Presidents, we advise that you brace up to arrest the worsening security situation in the nation”.

The women, however, expressed relief that the international community, notably the United States of America, Britain, France, China, Israel and countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), have all offered their assistance towards rescuing the girls.

In their own letter to the President, the State Councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians, including religious leaders and the international community, to continue to put pressure on the Boko Haram to release the girls unconditionally.

The unions said they have chosen to toe the line of peaceful approach to the resolution of the problem because of its sensitive nature pointing out that if violence was employed in the effort to secure the release of the girls, it would lead to bloodshed and the casualty toll would inevitably include the girls themselves.

“We call on Mr. President and our allies to spare no rod to ensure that the Chibok Girls are brought back to their families and the nation hail and alive. We know that they would have to undergo medical and psychological treatment to heal the horrors they may have been subjected to”, the unions said adding that if all Nigerians work together as a single unit of humanity, the insurgency issue would be defeated.

Warning against any attempt by the international community to turn Nigeria into a theatre of war with terrorists like Afghanistan, Pakistan and others, the unions declared, “If we unleash the power of the working class within the confines of Nigeria and worldwide on anti-people  regimes or terror forces like Boko Haram, such bodies would disintegrate and collapse”.

Demanding the unconditional release of the girls by Boko Haram, the Unions also asserted, “We honestly hope that the Nigeria labour movement would not be forced to declare full battle against the abductors of the Chibok girls before the reasonable is done”.

Receiving the letters from the two groups on behalf of the Governor, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, thanked them for identifying with the rest of Nigerians, particularly the affected families, to seek the release of the Chibok girls.

The Commissioner, who expressed sadness at the nature of the abduction of the girls whom he described as “those expected to take over from us”, prayed that they would be rescued and returned to their families in good health, adding that the global reaction to the abduction has been spontaneous.

Hoping that the Federal Government would not misconstrue the action to mean that it is being sponsored like was the case during the mass action over fuel crisis, Ibirogba declared, “We are all in this believing that since no nation thrives on violence and irregularities that we have now, the God we serve will bring back these children hale and hearty”.

“We are happy that despite that some people in Abuja would have swept the issue under the carpet, the international community has taken it up and now we are all seeing the result and everybody is hearing the news globally. We believe that everybody has a right to life and nobody should be denied that right whether a minor or an adult”, the Commissioner said.

Prominent among those present were Chairman Lagos Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Idowu Adelakun and his Trade Union Congress of Nigeria counterpart, Comrade Kazeem Akeem on the Labour side, and Senator (Mrs.) Oluremi Tinubu and Hon. (Mrs.) Olufunmilayo Tejuosho, among numerous other prominent party Chieftains and Market women.