By Elizabeth Chukwuma
President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has given insight why Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped from a Science Secondary School, in Dapchi, Yobe state and the remaining Chibok girls in Borno state, kidnapped by the Islamic Fundamentalist group, BokoKoHaram, have not been released by the militants despite repeated assurances.
This is because the militants fear that they may be arrested by the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, and the Nigeria soldiers fighting alongside with them to liberate the north east after they had returned the girls to government . ”They worry that their safety could no longer be guaranteed because of the heavy military presence in the areas where they had previously occupied and moved about freely.
Garuba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity m is optimistic that the Dapchi school girl will be reunited with her family members as soon as conclusions are reached on a number of options being considered for her safe transportation without compromising the country’s security. She celebrated her 15th birthday at the Boko Haram Camp last year and in the next one month she will cock 16 years. The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, confirmed that Sharibu could have regained her freedom long ago but was denied by the hardliners in the group because of refusal to be converted to Islam.
But security experts believe that the BokoHaram Insurgents turned kidnappers may still be holding on to the remaining Chibok girls and Sharibu, the only Dapchi School girl s in their custody to force the Nigerian President to with draw the soldiers from their enclave in Borno state,
Recall that Tukur Buratai, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Staff, CAS, has made it clear to those that care to listen that
Although, it may look as if Sharibu and the remaining 193 Chibok girls may not regain their freedom so soon because of the factionalisation in Boko Hram Camp, But the Katsina born Nigerian President has vowed that the school children would be released to reunite with their family members despite the intensified attacks on Cameroun ,Chad and Niger which had contributed soldiers and committed funds to support Nigeria in the search for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the north eastern part of the country.
Buhari knew he cannot that he cannot afford to fail and thus has been in regular contacts with the Heads of the various security Agencies including Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, acting Inspector General of Police, IGP . He is convinced based on the assurance from the security Chiefs that the remaining Chibok ggirls and Sharibu including other Nigerians in captivity would be released soon. Going President Donald Trump of the United States of addressing Americans, he had tweeted had tweeted on Sunday, April 14, 2019: we will not rest until all the remaining Chibok girls , Sharibu and other Nigerians in captivity are back and reunited with their families. ” I made this promise when I became President in 2015 and I will keep to it and never give up. He recalled that in that in last four years, the country’s security agencies had successfully rescued thousands of captives , noting that” they will not relent until every captive is free”.
An elated Buhari declared, ” we celebrate their courage and determination to defy the evil ideology of the terrorists ”.
Only recently, he was in N’djamena, Capital of Chad Republic, to
In celebrating the fifth anniversary of the abduction of the school children, the Agency said 100 of the abducted Chibok girls are still missing and could not be located, fueling speculation that they may not be rescued for now. Malick Fall, the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria lamented that in 2018 alone, ”432 Children were killed and maimed, 180 abducted and 43 girls were sexually abused in the north east in 2018′.
It is not surprising why he has called on the parties to the armed conflicts in the region to fulfill their obligations under the international law to end the violations against Children and to stop targeting Children , infrastructure , including schools . ”Children should feel safe at home with their parents and in schools at all times instead of a military or terrorists Camp.
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