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BBOG To FG: Time Is Running Out For Rescue Of Schoolgirls

The #BringBackOurGirls group has called on the federal government to end all distractions militating against efforts by the military towards winning the war on insurgency. This is even as they also reminded the government that time was far spent in rescuing the over 200 abducted Chibok girls whom they described as, “Endangered Daughters of the Nation”.

The over 200 students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, who clocked 202 days in captivity today, were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.

According to the group, “Following the high hopes and anxiety that emanated from the federal government two weeks ago that our girls would be brought back within days, a number of their agonizing parents have been hospitalized for hypertension. What this means is that, our government must urgently avoid a situation that would be fatal for these long-suffering families of our Chibok girls.”

In another development, a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Sunday by the leader of the group, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili on behalf of other members, demanded that the plight of the entire internally displaced persons (IDPs) be resolved immediately.

While commiserating with families of victims of Gombe and Adamawa bomb blasts who lost their lives during the recent attacks by insurgents in those states, they expressed shock that insurgents were capturing more cities despite the ceasefire talks.

“We are extremely shocked and gravely perturbed that the insurgency seems to be engulfing more cities within the north-east zone even at a time the federal government confidently announced a ceasefire.

“Let no one pretend that we are not facing the most substantial threat to the integrity and existence of our country. What more extreme manifestations are we waiting for than the evidence of a rampaging group of terrorists carrying out heinous carnages in Mubi in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe barely two weeks after the chief of defence staff publicly conveyed a stand down order to our troops who were in the front prosecuting the war?”

The group further queried the authenticity of the ceasefire agreement, wondering why the terrorists have launched series of attack in many communities of Borno, Adamawa as well as Gombe that had been relatively peaceful in the past.

The group further added, “How do we explain the escalating number of innocent citizens being killed or taken hostage after they have been informed by the government of a negotiated truce and détente? Has our federal government through the military given a new and counter order to our soldiers to resume the war and protect our citizens and territory?”

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