Sunday, 18 September 2016

Nigerian Government Launches Fresh Bid To Free Chibok Girls

The
Minister of Information, Mr Lai
Mohammed, gave a hint about the fresh
bid to rescue the Chibok girls abducted by
members of the Boko Haram terrorists
group on April 14, 2014.

Infighting Among Boko Haram
Mr Mohammed said that previous efforts
to rescue the girls were frustrated by
infighting among Boko Haram terrorists
and middle men, who according to the
minister exploited the process for
pecuniary gains.
Over 200 female students were kidnapped
from the Government Secondary School in
the town of Chibok in Borno State, in
northeast Nigeria, a strong hold of the
terrorist group in the heat of the over six-
year insurgency.
Since the abduction of the girls, pressure
has been mounted on the Federal
Government to rescue them, including
demands for a swap with members of
Boko Haram in detention.
Their abduction at that time triggered
protests in different countries, making
popular a slogan #BringBackOurGirls.
Prisoners Swap Request
Recently, the terrorist group released a
video of the girls still in their custody and
requested for prisoners swap.
After that video was released, some
parents of the girls asked the government
to swap the girls with the members of the
sect in detention as requested.
Weeks after they made the request,
President Muhammadu Buhari said the
government was willing to swap the girls.
But he said the swap would be on a
condition that the terrorist group would list
those they wanted released and then come
out to discuss with the Federal
Government.
He stressed that the Federal Government
would want the girls out safe without any
harm done to them.
For over six years, Boko Haram has
pushed for the establishment of Islamic
State in the northeast and an end to
Western education.
Recent military onslaught against the
group has sacked them from most
communities they had taken hold of within
Nigeria’s territory and border towns
between Cameroon, Chad and Niger
Republic.
Rescued Girl
Members of the Bring Back Our Girls
group, have continued to push for the
rescue of the Chibok girls and increase
military counter-terrorism operations in the
region to rescue the girls that have been
missing since two years.
Amina Ali rescued from Boko Haram with a child
recently said she was missing her husband
One of the girls, Amina Ali, who was
rescued some months back, had been
married off to one of the terrorists, that
had settled at a haven – Sambisa Forest.
She had a baby for him.
Her husband had told the military that they
had been forced out of the forest by
hunger.
While the government is launching a new
bid for the rescue of the military is
heightening operations to clear the
remnants of terrorists in the northeast and
ensure safety of residents that have
started to return to their communities from
their Internally Displaced Persons camps