113 Chibok girls: ‘Negotiations are ongoing’ says FG
The federal government of Nigeria has claimed to be working behind the scenes to ensure the release of 113 Chibok girls.
Political Adviser to acting President Yemi Osinbajo announced on Tuesday in Abuja during a protest by the Bring Back Our Girls BBOG movement.
“There are so many things we are doing. We have not forgotten them. Negotiations are ongoing”, he said.
Recall that in April 2014 276 girls were abducted from an all female public secondary school in Chibok by the deadly terrorist group Boko Haram. It was later discovered that 57 girls later escaped and 106 others were rescued recently, leaving 113 missing for over three years.
However, leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), Oby Ezekwesili had faulted the federal government and police authorities for also keeping quiet about the abduction of 15 police women, urging accelerated action to rescue them.
BBOG recalled that “in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015 President Muhammadu Buhari pledged, ‘But we cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents. This government will do all it can to rescue them alive.’ This same pledge was repeated to the Chibok parents by the President on at least 2 occasions in our presence as a movement. It must not be reduced to a partial outcome for some parents”.
The movement expressed dismay at what it described as the absolute lack of capacity to learn from previous mistakes in handling parents, families, and the public who deserve a system of updates on rescue operations.