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Rescue Chibok girls or resign, parents tell Buhari

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#BringBackOurGirls campaigners’ Leader, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili (left) British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright and Hajia Fatima Abbakaka during the campaigners protest at the United Kingdom embassy in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO PHILIP OJISUA

#BringBackOurGirls campaigners’ Leader, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili (left) British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright and Hajia Fatima Abbakaka during the campaigners protest at the United Kingdom embassy in Abuja…yesterday. PHOTO PHILIP OJISUA

Ezekwesili wants poor welfare of troops fighting B’Haram probed

Parents of abducted Chibok girls yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue them or resign.

Head of the Chibok Parents, Reverend Enoch Mark, accused government of abandoning their daughters to suffer in captivity. He spoke at the truncated march of the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy group and some parents to Aso Rock Villa yesterday.

Personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Services (DSS) and some other security operatives, in similar fashion as on Monday, maintained a human barricade, preventing them access to the Presidential Villa.

The group had on Monday promised to return for the march in 72 hours unless concrete actions or pronouncement came from the Presidency.

Mark, father of two of the girls, said Buhari had failed the Chibok people who voted for him in 2015 with the hope that he would ensure the return of the girls.

“Many Chibok parents voted you because we believed that you would ensure the return of our daughters. You promised us that you are a military man and that you cannot lie. You said the war will not be over until the girls are back,” Mark said.

Also, president of Chibok-Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA), Tsambido Hosea Abana, called on the Federal Government to “quickly negotiate” the release of the girls since it has announced on different platforms that the war on terror has been won, and so can negotiate from a position of strength.

KADA described as diversionary the exposure of Amina Ali Nkeki to the media. It alleged contrary to association’s advice to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), she made unguarded statements.

Oby Ezekwesili, a former education minister and chieftain of the group expressed sadness over reports of poor treatment of troops at the frontlines, especially emoluments.

This, Ezekwesili said, “is unacceptable and we call for an investigation.”
“At this time of immense sacrifice from our troops on the frontline, it is important to prioritize their welfare and needs, ensuring that they have no cause to complain or worry about basic needs as they serve their nation to rout the insurgents,” she said.

The group later visited the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright, urging London to support the Nigerian Army, especially with intelligence needed to locate the girls.

Mr. Arkwright said: “The UK stands in solidarity with Chibok. We are determined to do whatever we can to help find the girls. We understand how important that is, not just in Nigeria but also globally. We will do everything we can, including with the Nigerian government and the president to help find the girls.”


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  • Osanebi Osakuni

    Buhari is a celebrated disaster. There is no where to hide any longer. Illiteracy is indeed a disease

    • Akin Malaolu

      Foolish boy.

      • Osanebi Osakuni

        It is common hearing mad people say to others ‘you are mad’. People with low intellectual abilities commonly see wisdom as foolishness. Sorry!

  • Soye Tj

    Impunity everywhere -should the activism be limited t the BBOGs alone? Should the troop be suffering from basic needs inclusive of their upkeep salary?Investigation should be two way prong-why & where are the funds not paid as ta when due to the troops? Again why are Nigerians attention epileptic? Why cnt well-meaning bureaucrats & politicians during GED & now PMB s tenure not prioritise the solution of recovering the CGs 1st before any other matter? it shows the coefficient of indifference or how unruffled we are about HUMANITY …If it were recovery of dollars all will read or feel concerned or inclusive but human theft of humans & systemic genocide we are somehow sloth -BELIEVE ME! Imagine a n American journalist she said 2 aprils ago that even the west has been so slow in declaring regret for the 200plus kidnap of school girls BEFORE OUR VERY EYES!
    Another recurring scene s of why we are so indifferent of human values – i have witnessed
    many scenes where Nigerians are ABOUT TO FIGHT OVER TRANSPORT FARE ISSUES & others are equidistantly watching them to do the evil act.
    we should all examine our conscience and repent to our fellow humans we ve been unkind or deeply aloof before we repent to the Grand Holy Spirit …..despite we are a nation of believers yet we often pocket our doctrinal teachings.