Why Chibok Girls Release Is Taking Time - PMB

15 April, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Nigerians See Little Progress in 4 Years Since Chibok Kidnapping

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and four years on, 112 are still being held - a global symbol of the Islamist insurgency that has devastated the region.

Shehu said Salkida was not involved, on behalf of the Nigerian government, in the processes leading to the release of the over 100 Chibok Girls that had returned to their families so far and was not involved in the current processes to secure the release of those still held in captivity.

The Chibok ceremony, which included Christian and Muslim prayers, was one of a number of vigils and protests to mark the four-year anniversary of the abduction across Nigeria.

Salkida, who claimed to be part of the negotiating team for the release of the girls since the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan's administration, enjoined the Buhari administration to "demand for proof of life, as it carries out negotiations to secure the release of the remaining girls still in captivity".

"There is something undeniably wrong when its girl-child repeatedly becomes the bargaining instrument in negotiation deals between the government and terrorists".

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund speaking on the fourth anniversary of abduction disclosed that more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in the North-East since 2013, including 276 Chibok schoolgirls taken from their school on April 14, 2014.

Though the Nigerian President Mohammed Bukhari ran a successful campaign for eliminating Boko Haram and succeeded in freeing a large region, the terrorist organisation is still making deadly attacks on the military and citizens.

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Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates into, "Western education is forbidden", seeks to establish an Islamic state in northeast Nigeria, though it has spread its terror across mountainous borders over the years into Niger, Chad and Cameroon, all of which surround the Lake Chad Basin. About five died while in Boko Haram hands.

Buhari said there had been "unexpected setbacks" in talks because of infighting within Boko Haram.

"Every time, they are always saying the girls have been killed, we continue to secure their release just like we did recently".

In September 2015, Buhari raises the possibility of an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.

Nigerian authorities have made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attacks, UNICEF said.

He added, "The fact that the Dapchi episode happened four years after the Chibok incident and one year to elections just as it was in the Chibok case is evidence of an alarming national malady".

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