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Group attempts to secure elusive Chibok girls report

26 May 2015, 07:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bring Back Our Girls group has demanded the release of the Presidential Fact-finding Committee report on the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls.

The request comes more than a year after the more than 200 girls were kidnapped.

The Bring Back Our Girls group submitted a request demanding their release to the outgoing administration some 9 months ago.

“We once again demand the release of the report of the Presidential Fact-finding Committee on the Abduction of the Chibok Schoolgirls submitted over 9 months ago to the outgoing administration. We insist that such transparency is one of the least actions we expected of the government which early doubts about the abduction of the girls polarized our nation and delayed their rescue,” the group stated.

The group also informed the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, that if by Friday, the missing girls were not rescued, the movement would immediately seek a public engagement within one week of the inauguration to receive an update on plans to rescue the 219 missing girls.

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“We reiterate the fundamental basis of our advocacy throughout the past over year that it is the constitutional mandate and therefore the responsibility of our Federal Government to secure all citizens. We shall therefore unequivocally continue our demand for the rescue of our #ChibokGirls and all other abducted citizens of our country,” he group stated.

The Bring Back Our Girls group also demanded from the Buhari administration, urgent, sustained, focused and effective actions that are designed for success.

“We note that the incoming President has on several occasions publicly declared the issue of insecurity especially in North-East Nigeria as one of his top priorities on assumption of office. We also note that, he has rightly called the tragedy of the unjust captivity of our #ChibokGirls, an ‘embarrassment’ and has promised to make their rescue a top priority,” the organisation said.

“We dare say that it is more than an embarrassment and reaches the depth of abysmal failure of governance that the nation state and its institutions have been unable to locate and rescue the girls in over 405 days. The President-elect has equally, publicly expressed dissatisfaction with the way our military has prosecuted the counterinsurgency effort.”

The military has in recent weeks freed a significant number of victims held captive by Boko Haram raising hopes the Chibok minors would be rescued, but to no avail.

- CAJ News


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