Monday, 16 July, 2018

Rift among abductors of Chibok girls delays release talks - Nigerian president

Agonized Chibok parents still pray for missing girls 3 years later At least 1000 children in Nigeria abducted by militant group since 2013: UNICEF
Lisa Bryan | 14 April, 2018, 21:32

Despite the setback, the President said the government won't give up.

He also called on the executive to intensify efforts for the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi girl who was not released along with other abductees, reportedly for refusing to renounce her faith.

He advises government in negotiating for the release of the 15 girls to demand "proof of life".

Chairman of the Chibok Parents Association, Yakubu Nkeki appealed to the government to facilitate the fast release of the remaining girls in captivity.

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist and a close ally of the Boko Haram sect has opened a can of worms on the untold stories behind the abduction of some girls from a school in Chibok area of Borno State in 2014.

He asked the FG to help in rescuing the remaining Chibok girls the same way their own daughters were rescued.

"I was amazed to learn later that the terms that saw the release of some of the girls was unfavourable than what I presented, but as my friend will say, even if we come up with a cure for cancer, the war economy and elites would rather die than accept a cure from a Talaka".

Mrs Aisha Oyebode, Co-ordinator Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) Lagos State Chapter, has called on Nigerians to stand up in prayers for Nigerian children still in the hands of terrorists. "Most of those in attendance were the parents of the missing schoolgirls; not more than 30 persons joined us for the prayers. Sadly no representative was sent to attend the event, except the officials of the local government council who are here with us".


Every year on the anniversary of their daughters' disappearance, the parents gather in Chibok to pray for their safe return.

Mr Danladi was one of those that once offered both medical and psychosocial support to the parents of the abducted girls.

"We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you". It is usually very easy to manage a situation where one child is dead, that could be understandable.

Parents of the abducted Chibok school girls are demanding for the release of their daughters and all other women and girls in captivity.

He said federal government should also be forthcoming with credible information about the remaining girls.

At least 1,000 children have been abducted by the Boko Haram insurgent group in northeastern Nigeria since 2013 amid repeated attacks on schools, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

Regrettably, the reporter further disclosed that the girls were no longer under the custody of the Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau.

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