Monday, 20 August, 2018

Clerics, others pray for return of remaining Chibok girls

Clerics, others pray for return of remaining Chibok girls Clerics, others pray for return of remaining Chibok girls
Melinda Barton | 14 April, 2018, 20:41

Buhari made the comments on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the abduction in which Islamist insurgents snatched 276 girls from their school, triggering a global outcry.

The girls were released 31 days after the government negotiated with Boko Haram. It is exactly four years since they were taken.

"Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again".

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall further informed that 20000 people have been killed while 20 lakh have been displaced due to attack by Boko Haram.

Yet four years on, thousands more women and girls have been taken from their homes and forced to live in captivity, in events largely unnoticed and unreported by media.

The Imam of Falomo Police Mosque, Imam Tajudeen Adebayo, during the interfaith prayers, thanked Allah for those that were released and prayed that the remaining girls would also be rescued.

A few of the girls managed to escape from their abductors while many others were released to the federal government after intense negotiations with the sect.

In May 2017 another 82 girls are released in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders as part of the same talks.

Nigeria's president in 2014, Goodluck Jonathan, was heavily criticised for his response to the Chibok abduction but the man who replaced him, Muhammadu Buhari, has had more success.

"We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you. But when it comes to not knowing the faith that befell your missing child can be very tough", he said.

The Country Director of AAN Ene Obi say, "While we commend the efforts of the Federal Government and the Nigeria military for securing the release of some of these kidnapped girls".

"Some of us have refused to give up HOPE that they can be brought back like their 107 peers".

NAIJ.com notes that in the tweets, the journalist, who is now based in Dubai, provided a background to the controversial abduction and stated that the remaining 15 have been married off, indoctrinated and may no longer be interested in returning home.

On some of the girls that were shown on video pledging loyalty and allegiance to the Boko Haram, the medical personnel said "it is normal that when someone finds himself in such kind of situation of captivity for that length of time, the person may one way or the other subscribe to what the person is doing either willingly or by coercion".