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Reps demand rescue date over Chibok girls

15 April 2016, 06:37

Abuja - The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to set a target for the rescue of 219 girls being held in captivity by Boko Haram captives.

According to a Punch report, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, made the position of the House known after a debate over a motion to mark the second anniversary of the girls' abduction, which took place on Thursday.

In addition, the House has also resolved to send a "high-powered delegation" to Chibok to speak with the parents of the missing girls as manner of showing that their pain is shared by the legislature.

Dogara stated that a target of rescue is needed in order to show the urgency of the situation and ensure that measures are indeed taken to ensure the girls' safe return.

Also read: Borno Governor has information on abducted girls

“A time has come for us as an institution to insist that the executive should set targets for the rescue of the girls.

“We have to set targets so that we don’t lose the sense of urgency that is required to free the girls,” Dogara added.

All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker for Bauchi State, Mohammed Sani-Adu, noted that the fact that the girls have not yet been rescued marks a lack of seriousness on the part of the country as a whole.

According to Sani-Adu, the manner in which the case was handled is an "embarrassment" and exposes Nigerians as "unserious people".

In addition, the lawmaker also blamed Western powers for the lack of progress made in rescuing the girls, lamenting the fact that some Western countries were unwilling to assist Nigeria in defeating insurgency and returning its girls home safely.

Read more at Punch

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