National Council Hopeful Chibok Girls Will Be Rescued Soon

Jonathan Obasanjo ShagariThe National Council of State expressed optimism on Tuesday of the safe return of the over 200 girls abducted from their dormitory in a school in Chibok, Borno State, by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram. 

Briefing Journalists after the meeting in Abuja,  the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Godswill Akpabio, said that the Council was happy with the efforts of the Security Forces as they push to rescue the abducted girls.

The meeting was attended by six ex-Head of State including former President Olusegun Obasanjo , past Ministers of Justices and Attorneys General, Leadership of the National Assembly, Service Chiefs, and some Governors of the 36 States of the Federation.

The council, according to Governor Akpabio, also expressed confidence that “there will not be casualties when the rescue operation is carried out.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Army Chief briefed the council on the security situation and the security personnel’s efforts to rescue Chibok girls, who have been in the custody of the Boko Haram sect for over 85 days.

The National Council of State further called on Nigerians to be patient with security personnel because the issue of terrorism was new and that security personnel would adopt the best and meticulous approach towards dealing with it effectively.

The deployment is aimed at fast tracking the search and rescue operations of the girls though the government is still deploying more troops to Borno State as part of an effort to rescue the girls and end insurgency in the area.

The Boko Haram sect have carried out series of attacks on villages, school and churches in three major states in the region – Adamawa, Borno and Yola.

Suicide Bomber Kills Five In Borno

Suicide-car-bomberA suicide bomber targeting worshipers at a mosque in Konduga village, Borno State in Nigeria’s north east region has killed five people and wounded dozens.

Reports say the Muslims in that village were observing Friday prayers when a pickup truck approached.

A local vigilante group stopped the truck to inspect it and the bomber detonated the bomb a few metres away from the mosque.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

An Islamic sect, Boko Haram, seeking an Islamic state and an end to western education has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the past.

Military operations aimed at ending the insurgency have been on since the insurgency started in 2009.

The group has carried out most of its attacks in three northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, a situation that led to the declaration of a state of emergency in the three states.

The group in April, abducted over 200 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State. The girls are still in their custody despite military efforts and international supports to rescue the girls.

The military says it is being cautious, as any force in the rescue effort could be counterproductive.

Nigeria Receives Britain’s Assurance Of Support In Rescue Of Girls

Cameron-JonathanThe Nigerian government on Wednesday received a commitment from the British government to deploy its intelligence gathering resources in support of Nigeria’s security agencies currently engaged in the search and rescue of the over 200 girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

A statement by the spokesman for President Jonathan, Reuben Abati, said that President Goodluck Jonathan, in a telephone conversation with the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, asked and received a promise of the deployment of British satellite imaging capabilities and other advanced tracking technologies in support of the ongoing effort.

President Jonathan thanked Mr Cameron, the British government and people for their concern over the fate of the abducted girls and their willingness to provide concrete assistance to save the girls from the terrorists who seized them from their school on April 14.

“Pure Evil”

He told the Prime Minister that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would liaise with the British government through its high commission in Nigeria to work out practical details of the promised support and collaboration against terrorism.

Mr Cameron had earlier told the British parliament that he would speak with the Nigerian president to discuss how Britain can assist Nigeria in rescuing the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.

He had described the abduction of girls as spoils of terrorism as “pure evil” and stressed the need for world nations to come together in the fight against terrorism.

The peoples’ republic of china has also offered to assist in the effort to rescue the abducted girls.

In talks with President Jonathan earlier on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Premier Li Keqiang promised that his country would make any useful information acquired by its satellites and intelligence services available to Nigeria’s security agencies.

Mr Keqiang assured the President that china would support Nigeria’s fight against terrorism in every possible way, including the training of military personnel for anti-insurgency operations.

The abduction of the girl had triggered protests and drew condemnation from celebrities, groups and governments around the world, with a “Bring Back Our Girl” demand from the Nigerian government and other world leaders.

President Barack Obama had also condemned the abduction,describing it as a terrible and heart breaking situation and sought global action against the Boko Haram sect.

The US government had also sent in Military experts to help rescue the girls abducted by members of the sect.

“Boko Haram, the terrorist organisation, has been operating in Nigeria, killing people and innocent civilians for a very long time,” Obama said.

The group had been terrorising villages in the north east and had of recent carried out two bomb attacks in Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, raising security concerns ahead of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa holding in Abuja.

Participants from over 80 countries are attending the event that is offering Nigeria an opportunity to woo more investors into Africa’s largest economy.