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Presidency hits back at BBOG accusations

11 July 2016, 20:00

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 missing girls.

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 insurgents.”

Also read: #BBOG activists prevented from entering presidential villa

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


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