Nigerians have continued to express disappointment over the inability of the Jonathan-led government to bring back the missing Chibok Girls, 256 days after they were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state on April 14, as they spend another celebration season away from their loved ones.
Reacting to a Christmas Day post on Twitter, showing pictures of President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President, Namadi Sambo and some cabinet ministers, by the Special Adviser to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, some of the respondents queried why the President hasn’t taken time out to visit parents of the missing girls.
Some of the comments:
“They should dance and celebrate, thank God that none of their family members were abducted,” said Mark Nsikan: “I wish we have him and the Chibok girls. What a leader that would have proved.”
“And so? Where is (sic) our girls? Will they be celebrating Xmas if it happens to be their daughter taken away. Enough of condolence please,” said Tenimu Yahaya.
Charley: “If I was the President, I’ll spend Christmas in Chibok/Potiskum/Yola visiting the pple & d troops in the frontline.”
Another respondent used the opportunity to make a case for the 13-year old girl bomb suspect, who revealed days after her arrest by the Police at a Kano bomb site on December 10, that her parents had forced her to become a volunteer for the northern insurgent group.
“…if our govt is smart, make a positive testimony out of the life of the 13yrs old bomber girl by giving her scholarship,” said LAGOS BOY.
Tweeting at the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ handle @enny_dee said: “It is so painful & a shame dat FGN hasn’t been able to bring back even 1 of our girls despite all their assurances”.
The #BringBackOurGirls citizens action group advocating for the rescue of the school girls, maintains that the missing Chibok girls, “have been victims not only of their abductors, but of a government who has been unwilling or unable to put in the necessary measures for their safe return.”
On its website, bringbackourgirls.com.ng , the group said:
“We as an international community of concerned citizens must rise up and tell the Nigerian government and governments around the world that the lives of all citizens are sacred and that we cannot sit back and watch as innocence is destroyed and the lives of young girls shattered.
We must be relentless in our demand to #BringBackOurGirls now and to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.”
57 students abducted from the Federal Government School in Chibok have escaped from the camps of the insurgents, while 219 girls remain in captivity, according to the Director of Personnel and Management in Chibok local government, Musa Kolo, as hope seems to wane on the possibility of their return.
The Boko Haram insurgents have continued to wreak havoc on lives and homes in Nigeria’s northern region, killing hundreds of people, both young and old, maiming thousand others and destroying properties worth millions of naira, undermining government efforts to restore peace and order to the region.