Missing Chibok Girls: Alele-Williams queries FG, NASS, military, others

Emotions ran high in Abuja  at a forum tagged Chibok Girls Lecture marking the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 250 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram sect.

Alele-Williams, 84-year-old first Nigerian female vice chancellor and Nigeria’s first Professor of Mathematics Education, who was chairman of the occasion, emphasised that Nigerians must persistently ask questions to wake up the authorities from slumber

According to Alele-Williams, who walked to the rostrum in crutches, it is puzzling that the majority of the abducted Chibok girls remain in captivity for three years while the authorities, including the military and  federal legislators  representing the area appear somewhat passive about the issue.

She asked: “What stops the Nigerian Army, police and others in uniform from bringing back our girls?

“What exactly stops our army, our country from bringing back our Chibok girls when they tell us that they have destroyed those people (Boko Haram) and are winning the war against terror?

“Is it really part of the priority agenda of the Federal Government or any governor in the North East to bring back our girls?

“Is the three years because we are too lazy to take decisions and make careful plans that would ensure that our girls are brought back?

“In a country like America that cares for its citizens, the abduction of just one individual will lead to serious efforts to immediately bring back that individual.

“I don’t understand, please help me. Help the families of Chibok girls who are also  wondering why people from somewhere will abduct our girls and we all don’t know what to do for three years; I am ashamed.”

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