Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Chibok Girls: Lawmakers Remind Buhari Of His Promise

The House of Representatives at plenary yesterday, October 13, reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his promise to ensure that the abducted Chibok girls are rescued from the captivity of Boko Haram.

President Buhari had promised Nigerians that rescuing the abducted girls was a priority and his government would do everything to bring them back safely to their anxious parents.

The lawmakers asked for a situation room manned by highly skilled crack team drawn from the security agencies, with the sole responsibility of searching for the abducted girl, and providing periodic feedback for Nigerians to be established, This Day reports.

The House also called for financial inducement for information that would lead to the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted since April 2014 by the Boko Haram sect.

This followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Asabe Vilita (Borno APC), who disclosed that 17 parents of the abducted girls have died since their abduction.

Vilita asked for the affected families to be assisted financially to cushion the hardship and trauma the abduction has caused them.

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“I commend the ‘BringBackOurGirls’ campaign group for their efforts which for the past one and a half years ensured the abducted girls are not forgotten,” he said.

The House therefore, advised the federal government to adopt at least one child from the families of each of the 219 abducted Chibok school girls, for sponsorship up to the university level.

They also urged the federal government and security agencies to put more effort into rescuing all Nigerians currently under Boko Haram captivity.

The lawmakers also unanimously called for the publication of the report of Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the abducted girls.

On April 14, 2014, over 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their hostel in Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state by some Boko Haram terrorists. While 57 of them managed to escape from their abductors, 219 others are still under captivity.

A week ago, the Nigerian army has said it was not in a hurry to rescue the Chibok girls who were abducted over a year ago and are yet to be found. Col. Rabe Abubakar who is the acting director of defence information, at the military headquarters in Abuja said on they were concerned about rescuing the abducted girls but the operation required necessary planning and patience.