The #BringBackOurGirls group has blamed the failure of the Federal Government to rescue the 112 Chibok schoolgirls for the wave of banditry and terrorism in Zamfara, Yobe, Borno states and other parts of the country.
It stated that government’s inept handling of the abduction of the girls by Boko Haram laid the foundation for the violence and criminal activities going on in the country.
The Co-convener of BBOG, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, who said this during the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction in Abuja on Sunday, asked the FG to tell Nigerians about the fate of the missing Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
She said, “The sad thing is that the failure of successive governments to treat the Chibok girls’ matter with the effectiveness required laid the foundation for the emboldening of those that have continued to terrorise our country, whether in Zamfara, Yobe, Borno, Jos or elsewhere.
“The terrorists became emboldened because our government failed to show that sense of dignity for Nigerians’ lives.”
Ezekwesili said Nigerians deserved to know whether the government had foreclosed the rescue of the schoolgirls, insisting that speculations on the whereabouts of the girls were an indication of official incompetence.
“Let the government tell us what it knows on the basis of evidence that it can gather, the speculations on the whereabouts of our Chibok girls are the worst form of indication of the absence of government competency,” she said.
The President of Kibaku Area Development Association, Dauda Iliya, called on government to “establish a rehabilitation centre in Chibok to address the psychological, medical and traumatic effects of these incessant attacks on our people as well as the parents of the yet-to-be rescued girls, a lot of whom are suffering from one form of infirmity or the other.”
The event ended on an emotional note with those in attendance calling out the names of each of the missing Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
Mrs Rebecca Samuel, the parent of one of the missing girls, Sarah, collapsed in tears and had to be assisted back to her seat.