14 April 2016
On April 14, 2014, in Chibok, in a village in Borno State, about 270 school girls were abducted by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram. Two years after, the girls are still missing despite several government promises to rescue the girls, now popularly referred to as Chibok girls.
On May 29, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari in his inaugural speech stated that the end of insurgency in Nigeria shall be when the Chibok girls return. However, 321 days after Buhari became the President, the Girls are still missing.
Former Minister of Education and the leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili has said that the president must keep his promise to bring back the Chibok girls. In an interview with The Nation newspaper, Dr. Oby stated that both the Chibok community and parents of the Chibok girls have not had any interaction with government since their meeting with the President in January. This she said is very tragic.
The former minister stated that the group is not satisfied with the action of the Buhari led government.
“We are absolutely not satisfied; we feel like our Chibok girls are being let down. You have to understand that the earlier days of the abduction where the more probable period for their rescue that notwithstanding, the current government took over when it was already a year plus of the abduction but if after seven months of the new government, we met with the President and the response to us was no credible intelligence”
Asked if after two years, she still believe the girls can be accounted for, Dr. Oby said:
“It is quite possible that all manner of things would have happened to them by now but the truth is bring ten, twenty, thirty, forty, bring even one to show that the government of Nigeria is totally committed to its citizens. You see, it is so sad but a society that has always functioned not on the basis of the talents, productivity or capability of its citizens but on the basis of money from oil has a tendency to behave as if those citizens don’t matter; that is what we are saying”
Dr. Oby also advised the government to engage the Chibok parents and gather more intelligence reports which will assist in finding the missing girls. Findings revealed that 17 of the parents of the chibok girls have died since the abduction of the girls.