Why Over 100 Chibok School Girls May Not Return
LAGOS OCTOBER 16TH (URHOBOTODAY)-There is palpable fear that no fewer than one hundred of the abducted Chibok school girls may not return to their parents as unofficial sources have hinted that as many as 114 of the remaining Chibok girls could not be accounted for by the terrorist sect for various reasons.
According to a report by Cable News Network (CNN) on Saturday, members of the insurgents may have informed negotiators on behalf of the Nigerian government that they cannot give account of the 114. There is, however, hope that some 83 more whose release are currently being negotiated might return home soon.
Independent investigation revealed that the 114 girls may have died from different causes, while some others who were married off to members of the terrorist sect have chosen to stay back having been radically indoctrinated to believe in the cause of the men they now see as their husbands and companions.
It would be recalled that last August a video clip released by Boko Haram indicted the military of killing some of the girls in air raids on the Boko Haram suspected locations in Sambisa forest in the North East.
Abubakar Shekau in the video stated, “Some have been killed by air strike of the Nigerian military. We will show you clip of how some were killed by the military through air strikes.
“We will also show you clip of some of them who had broken bodies and injuries following the air strikes and air bombing. Like I said, these are the remaining girls; we have nothing against them. All that we want is you should free our brothers.
“If you don’t set free our brothers, you should know from this moment that you will never get these girls back by the power of Almighty Allah. This is the summary of our message to the Federal Government and the parents of Chibok girls.”
The security agents in efforts to clear the Sambisa Forest of Boko Haram insurgency embarked on air raids some months ago.After the raids, security agents boasted that they were able to destroy their den and decimated Boko Haram sect in the north-east part of the country.
However, after the release of 21 girls on Thursday, report claimed that though the federal government is further negotiating for more release of the over 200 Chibok girls abducted from government school in April 2014, the hope of getting all of them released to the embrace of their parents may be impossible.
Also last May, Amina Ali Nkeki, one of the abducted girls was set free from the Boko Haram den. If the government succeeds in releasing 83 more girls, it means 105 of the girls must have been released excluding those that escaped from their abductors camp in 2014.
Speaking after the release of the G-21 of the Chibok girls in Germany, President Buhari had said on Friday: “In getting this 21 out, we hope we will get enough intelligence to go about securing the rest of them.
“We are very grateful to the UN for their participation in trying to secure the release of these girls.
“Please don’t forget that as a result of terrorism in Nigeria, no fewer than 37,000 Nigerians were killed by Boko Haram.
“Right now we have about two million people in IDP camps, 60 per cent of them are women and children and 60 per cent of those children are orphaned.
“This is a major challenge for government; we have to provide infrastructure especially for education and health, take them back to their villages and towns and reintegrate them so that they can have normal life,’’ he said.
The President thanked the German government for their humanitarian assistance and support for Nigeria in dealing with the effects of terrorism.