Lagos – The Presidency has responded to
criticism by the #BringBackOurGirls group (BBOG) on President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the rescue
of the girls abducted from Government Secondary School Chibok in April 2014.
The group had claimed in a recent statement Buhari had
broken all promises made to the group about rescuing the over 200 missing
It accused the government’s approach as “lackadaisical.”
“While their intentions are honourable, perhaps the BBOG
leadership have not considered the collateral damage which must inevitably
follow its riveting and dispiriting claim that the President has ‘broken all
promises’ allegedly made to the group on this issue,” Garba Shehu, Buhari’s
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said.
Sheu said the Federal Government’s focus had always been
to free the Chibok girls alive and unharmed.
“The past year of this administration has seen the
Nigerian military step up bombardment of the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of
the Boko Haram terrorist group, leading to the capture of hundreds of
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Sheu said records from the Army show the rescue of no
fewer than 15 000 captives, mostly women and children from the terrorists from
February to date.
“In addition, dozens of communities that were previously
under the control of the terrorists have been liberated, allowing thousands of
previously displaced citizens to return home and resume their normal lives.
Thousands of these women and children freed from captivity have also been
reunited with their families.”
Sheu added, “This huge number of rescued women and
children may not be prominent names, and their disappearance may not have
generated any massive media attention and campaign.”
He said Buhari was conscious about the fact that
terrorism in Nigeria was part of a global phenomenon.
Since coming to office, his response to it has been firm
and well considered, Sheu said.
President Buhari will never make bogus promises or play
to the gallery.”
He said it was thus “misleading” of anyone to preach that
the Chibok girls are within an easy grasp.
“If the military under the President knew where they are
held, they will bring the Chibok girls home today.”
- CAJ News