Nigerians See Little Progress in 4 Years Since Chibok Kidnapping

Lynette PayneApr 16, 2018

Meanwhile, a government spokesperson has told the BBC that there is no reason to believe that some of the girls are dead, as the government is still in talks with Boko Haram to have them released.

The government also said no such information was provided either by the captors of the Chibok girls or the worldwide intercessors who are working with it.

Four years on from this tragic incident, more than 100 girls have yet to be returned to their families, said UNICEF.

Salkida has since refused to reveal the names of the remaining girls, saying that the Nigerian government is supposed to do so.

Salkida said those still alive had been married off. "All press enquirers on the subject should therefore be directed to Mr. Salkida".

"In our operations, we have rescued hundreds of people in Boko Haram captivity, and when we profile them, most are not Chibok girls". Numerous girls have died as a result of crossfire and bombardments of the security forces that, no doubt, were intent on rescuing them.

He also said the facts as known to officials and the global contacts assisting in the quest to free the remaining Chibok Girls were continuing, adding "and we are not relenting on getting their release".

As parents and guardians continue to hope for the release of the remaining girls, a Nigerian journalist linked with the Islamist group has claimed that only 15 out of the 112 girls are still alive. My investigations also revealed that they are no longer under the control of #AbubakarShekau.

As over 100 of the Chibok secondary schoolgirls kidnapped four years ago by Boko Haram terrorist remained in captivity, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his administration is still hopeful of securing the release of the girls. According to sources, they are now "married" and only their "husbands" can decide their fates.

The Chibok ceremony, which included Christian and Muslim prayers, was one of a number of vigils and protests to mark the 4-year anniversary of the abduction across Nigeria. Don't lose faith in this government's ability to fulfil our promise of reuniting you with your daughters.

"Don't imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course".

The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, noted that despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists the government would continue its efforts to ensure their safe return to their respective homes.

The Country Director of AAN, Ene Obi, said in a statement, "The FG and the military should adopt intelligence, power and negotiation as deployed for the release of the Dapchi girls, to bring back the remaining 113 missing Chibok girls and the remaining Dapchi girl, Leah Shuaibu".

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