OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Wednesday challenged the federal government to intensify efforts to secure the release of the remaining 112 Chibok girls still under the captivity of boko haram terrorists.
The members also said five years was a long period of time for any parent to endure the pain of having a child held in captivity. The House also frowned at the communication gap between officials of government and parents of the kidnapped girls.
The members however suggested to the federal government to dispatch the quantum of security personnel it uses during elections so that they can secure the release of the girls.
This followed a motion moved by Mrs. Asabe Vilita Bashir (PDP, Borno) calling on government to accelerate the safe release of the remaining Chibok girls and and Dapchi girls, Leah Shauibu and Alice Ngabdah that were still held hostage by the terrorists.
Leading debate on the matter, Asabe noted that 14 April, 2019 marked the fifth anniversary of the kidnapped 219 Chibok girls, recalling that “over 100 Dapchi girls were also abducted by same insurgents while federal government has be able to secure release of some, some were still missing.”
Speaking to the media after plenary in her office, Mrs. Asabe commended the security agencies for their efforts in degrading boko haram.
She said: “I wish to commend the federal government but especially the security agencies for their efforts in degrading the insurgents. I can tell you that the security situation in Borno is getting better by the day because I know where we were and where we are presently. In 2015, elections were held in Internally Displaced Persons Camps (IDPs) but this recent general elections held in all the local government across the State. This alone shows we have made some progress”.
On the communication gap between the officials of government and the parents of the missing girls noted during plenary, she said “there is no gap whatsoever, there exist an information desk for the Dapchi and Chibok missing girls in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. So any information one wants concerning the girls can be processed there. There are even the ones in charge of their education.”
She dismissed claims that the terrorists were still holding some areas of Boeno state captive, stressing that “there is whole battalion of army and other security outfits taking care of Chibok community and there is no place that the insurgents are holding captive.”
Recall that over 270 girls were kidnapped from Chibok community five years ago: while 57 escaped, 107 were released based on negotiations by the federal government and the terrorists and 112 are yet to regain their freedom.