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Chibok Parents Mark Four Years After Abduction Of Schoolgirls

Chibok Parents Mark Four Years After Abduction Of Schoolgirls

In December he says he is willing to negotiate with any "credible" Boko Haram leadership and if there is proof the girls are alive.

In commemoration of the Chibok abduction anniversary, parents of the abducted schoolgirls and the community at large have called on the Federal Government to help in the release of the remaining girls.

Four years since the Chibok abduction, about 100 of the schoolgirls are unaccounted for.

Both the Presidency and the Nigerian military have reacted to the revelation by Ahmad Salkida, a journalist closely investigating the Boko Haram insurgency, that all but 15 of the remaining 113 abducted Chibok girls were now deceased, with the 15 married off.

He attributed it to setbacks in the negotiation between the Federal Government and the Boko Haram sect, which he said arose from internal disagreement among the abductors.

He also assured the parents of the schoolgirls that "their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists".

While the BBOG marks the fourth anniversary of that unfortunate incident that drew global outcry and condemnation from world leaders, including former United States President, Barack Obama, the group also calls for the immediate release of other pupils still in captivity. Five reportedly died, while one girl - the only Christian in the group - is still being held.

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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. "Rest assured that we are doing our very best to free the girls from their captors".

He added that despite such claims, the government went ahead to secure the release of some of them.

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

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war during the conflict, seizing women and girls to act as sex slaves or suicide bombers, and men and boys to fight.

Nigerian authorities have made a commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attacks, UNICEF said. "However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the worldwide community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls".

He further challenged the federal government to prove his claims wrong or "stop negotiating for numerous girls that don't exist".


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