Chibok girls… NASFAT tasks govt on security
The leadership of Nasrul-lah Fathi Society (NASFAT) has expressed concern and sadness over the failure of the state security apparatus to rescue the 219 Chibok school girls who were abducted by the Boko Haram insurgents over one year ago while writing their final examinations.
In a statement to mark one year anniversary of the abduction, the Muslim group said, “We state that it is extremely disheartening and in fact places a moral and psychological burden on all Nigerians, particularly against the background of the circumstances of the abduction of the hapless school girls who were busy acquiring education in pursuant of one of the injunctions of Holy prophet Mohammed.”
The statement signed by the organisation’s President Kamil Yomi Bolarinwa noted further, “the abduction becomes more sorrowful especially with the reported cases of abuse, torture and maltreatments of these little girls.
NASFAT worldwide shares the pains and agony of the parents in view of their harrowing experience in the past one year.” The failure of the security to rescue these girls who have remained in captivity, according to the group, “is really a sad commentary on the nation and it is capable of sending a wrong signal that the nation is incapable of protecting her citizens.
“Admittedly, our government has repeatedly assured the citizenry and the parents of the abducted girls that it would bring them back. Even as the girls clock one year in the lion’s den, nothing suggests that the girls will ever reunite with their families. We therefore, state categorically that the excuses given over time remain unacceptable to Nigerians.
We therefore charge President Goodluck Jonathan to go a step further to secure the release of these girls.” While acknowledging efforts by various rights groups particularly the Bring Back our Girls campaign group led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili to secure the release of the abducted girls, NASFAT tasks the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to match his assurance “of the release of the girls” with action “as soon as he assumes office.”
The statement concluded: “We ask that all hands must be on deck to rescue these girls in order not to discourage children from the affected zones from attending school. We also ask that schools must proactively secure their premises against further invasion and abduction.”