The Chibok community under the Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) has lamented that 112 Chibok schoolgirls are still with the Boko Haram terrorists, noting that their rescue is no longer a priority for the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
The Chibok community said Buhari should be reminded that he made a promise during his inauguration in May 2015 that “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.”
The Chibok community on Wednesday in a release to commemorate the seven years of the abduction of the girls noted that the inaction of the Federal Government over the girls is a painful reminder that the administration did not value their lives.
The community in a release by Dr Manasseh Allen, KADA Director of Media and Publicity, said, “It is with a deep sense of sadness that we address you again for so many times for the past seven years since the abduction of our girls. This is more so difficult to accept, the reality, the dreadful seventh anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from the only high school we have in our community, where 503 students were registered to sit for their final Senior School Certificate at the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, our hearts remain broken, yet resilient in keeping hope alive.
“Had the Nigerian state treated the issue of the Chibok Girls’ abduction with the sense of urgency it deserved, we would not be here after seven years and still be demanding for the rescue of 112 Chibok girls still kept in the den of the terrorist Boko Haram.
“The fate of the missing 112 Chibok girls and many other abducted victims of terrorism, banditry and continuing trauma of Chibok parents is slipping from public consciousness and are no longer a priority for the Federal Government; this is unacceptable.
“Today April, 14, 2021, we are marking these events to highlight the voices of the Chibok families, whose lives have been shattered for seven years as we face the devastating truth of our government’s neglect and absence of update from any of the arms of government on our missing girls. Sadly, over 20 parents have since died without setting eyes on their Children they sent to school in search of education.
“We remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his statement at his inauguration in 2015 that “We cannot claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.” But the actions – or rather, the inaction – of the Federal Government over our daughters, while repeatedly claiming that the terrorists have been defeated while our girls remain in bondage, is a painful reminder that this administration does not value the lives of our precious girls who have been abandoned by the government that is supposed to protect them.”
SaharaReporters, New York
Source: Sahara Reporters