Parents and elders of Chibok community in Borno State whose abducted daughters are still being held by Islamist sect Boko Haram in the dreaded Sambisa forest said, yesterday, that the Federal Government has failed them over the government’s inability to rescue the girls more than two weeks after they were abducted.
Speaking on behalf of the elders and parents, Leader of Chibok Elders Forum (CHEF) Dr. Pogu Bitrus, who spoke with newsmen, yesterday, in Maiduguri, said that 43 girls managed to escape from their captors, while over 100 others were still being held in the forest by the insurgents.
“We are not aware of any serious effort by the Federal Government to secure the release of the girls. We heard that the military moved troops to the forests some days ago but we don’t know what they are doing. All we know is that 234 of our daughters are in captivity. The Federal Government is supposed to provide security and welfare of its citizens but it has failed us in that respect since it has failed to rescue our children.
“We started having hope when the President hosted the expanded Security Council meeting where they said they were all committed to seeing that the girls were released but up till today (yesterday) nothing has happened. We are still waiting and we have surrendered everything to God but the government should know that it has the primary responsibility to its citizens to secure the release of the girls and return them to their parents.”
“Government has not provided succour to the parents. It is very disappointing when I read in the papers that America is trying to assist. What is wrong with Nigeria? We have a lot of unanswered questions and as parents we are still waiting for what government will do for its citizens. It is getting to two weeks now when these poor girls were kidnapped from their school,” Bitrus said.