Rescuing the girls of Chibok

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Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

With the video released last Sunday purportedly by Boko Haram, showing some of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok, who are still alive, Nigeria must keep the resolve to bring the girls home resolute. Since relatives have identified some of the abducted girls in the video, the government must, however, be cautious with the next step of action it has to take to rescue the girls alive. Having advertised its gross incapacitation, having demonstrated in word and deed its cluelessness over the whereabouts of the girls, the government must appreciate the gravity of the situation. The lives of Nigeria’s daughters are involved, and any faux pas will only make the traumatizing debacle worse, and hand the insurgents the propaganda victory they crave. The point must be made, with emphasis that the President must use all powers vested in him by the constitution to bring those girls home. The times call for strong and decisive leadership not empty grandstanding. Pride and love of country demand no less.

This is the second time Shekau has ordered a video of the girls to be released to the public, since their abduction 857 days ago. “They should know that their children are still in our hands,” said a man whose face was covered by a turban in the video posted on YouTube. The 11-minutes 25 second video showed girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background at an undisclosed location. One of the girls had a baby boy with her. “There is a number of the girls, about 40 of them, that have been married by the decision of Allah,” said the man in the video. “Some of them have died as a result of aerial bombardment,” the man said. One of the girls in the video called …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper