Evening has fallen. The moon and the shining stars are beginning to turn-out its presence to convince some otherwise, making it look like there is still room to flock around and engage in more activities essentially for the doubting Thomas!
But then, the reality remains that, even if night is here and just because of what the moon and the shining stars displays is making some of us to look convinced otherwise to the effect that we are lost in thought, should not mean that many out of the fews in doubt do not know the true reality of the fact that it’s now four years Boko-haram insurgence is succeeding holding captive some students of Government Girls Secondary School Chibok
For however it is, the truth remain's that some of the girls are still being held captive and human right activists and other agitators clamoring for their safe return are still not relenting.
This was what gave birth to an event that was held in Abuja (yesterday) Themed “Toward A Just And Good Society: “Renewing our commitment to the Girl Child in Nigeria” An event designed to coincide with four years Anniversary of Chibok girls essentially on those that are still in the hands of Boko-haram
Speaker, Tunde Bakare, activist and former presidential running mate of General Muhammadu Buhari in 2011, indicted the Federal Government for not doing enough to free the girls.
He said if any of the Dapchi or Chibok girls were their daughter’s, would they not have done more than they have to ensure their freedom? “You can then conclude that we have a government that does not represent our interests as it ought to,” he said, stressing: “If they feel what we feel, they will empathize much more with us and go the extra mile in ensuring that everyone connected to their captivity today is brought to book.”
Referring to both abductions, Bakare wondered how the Federal Government could watch the country ‘beaten twice’ by terrorists and not be ‘shy’. “Whether it is Jonathan’s administration or Buhari’s administration, any government that does not priorities the security and welfare of the people is already a failed government to start with,” he said.
He added: “There is something undeniably wrong when the girl child repeatedly becomes a bargaining instrument in negotiations between the government and terrorist groups. There is something absolutely wrong when the girl child becomes a pawn in political chess games where the major political parties seek to score political points.”
Former Minister of Education and co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, Oby Ezekwesili, blamed the abductions on government’s inability to protect the weak and vulnerable of society, promising to sue the Federal Government if it fails to bring back Leah.
“We heard the assurance that the President gave that Leah Sharibu will be brought back. We are giving a couple of weeks to seeing what that means. If that does not happen, then we will have to take our matter forward, because our lawyers have written that there was criminal negligence and there are questions that needed to be answered. If Leah Sharibu does not come back home, as the government said, then we will have to go to court.”
An investigative journalist, Ahmad Salkida, however, has alleged that only 15 out of the 113 Chibok girls remain alive.
In a series of tweets monitored by urban express newsonline @express_urban, yesterday, Salkida, who was declared wanted by the Nigerian Army in 2016 over alleged links with Boko Haram, arrested, and released without charge, said: “My painstaking investigations on the #Chibokschoolgirls revealed that just a handful of the 113 #ChibokGirls are alive. Many of the girls have died as a result of cross fires and bombardments by the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing the girls
“My investigations also revealed that they (the girls) are no longer under the control of #AbubakarShekau. According to sources, they are now ‘married’ and only their ‘husbands’ can decide their fates.
“If they are divorced or the men are killed, that is when Shekau’s decision takes precedence. And in this instance, since the girls have been indoctrinated, their leader has no right to negotiate their release, no matter the ransom offered, reliable multiple sources said.”
Salkida said: “The fact remains that under the present circumstances, there is no room for peaceful settlement…The way out for these girls is a military rescue or negotiation with individual captors to release their ‘wives’ in return for some kind of deal. But this will mean death to these fighters because the terror group now sees the girls as part of their own and must be protected.”
He also criticised the Federal Government’s handling of the matter, saying: “How come there is little or no information about the girls, and both the parents and campaigners are in the dark? It’s because government resists independent reporting of the crisis. Most of the reports are choreographed and Nigerians are also not ready to hear the truth or stand by it.”