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Coalition tasks BBOG group, activists on Chibok girls

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Children at an event marking the second anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Abuja… PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

Children at an event marking the second anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls in Abuja… PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has appealed to Journalist Ahmed Salkida and activists Aisha Wakil and Ahmed Bolori to help secure the immediate and unconditional release of the Chibok Girls who have been in captivity since April 14, 2014.

The coalition also appealed to the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, which has been campaigning for their freedom, to direct its planned protest at the trio, expressing concern that time was running out.

CATE’s national coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the three people, currently being wanted by the military, possibly knew more about the Boko Haram sect than the security agencies.

“We want the abducted girls back now that their captors, have released a video to convince the world that many of them are still alive. The abduction in itself is evil and the girls’ travails are felt by all Nigerians. This is why it is painful that after more than two years and despite several operations, promises, failed negotiations and dashed expectations, the girls are still captives.

“Their continued captivity has definitely been traumatic for the girls, especially as they have recounted how some of their colleagues died. It has been harrowing for their parents and friends who daily wonder when their girls would be home or if they are among the unfortunate ones that have been reported dead. It has been crippling even for the nation as it became impossible to decisively end the terrorism crisis,” he lamented.


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