It seems the series of activities the #BringBringBackOurGirls group has embarked on in order to re-engage the government on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls have yielded fruit as government finally broke it’s silence.
The Buhari administration has announced a fresh bid to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls from Boko Haram.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday has addressed Journalists on the issue.
Lai had said that previous efforts to bring back the girls were frustrated by in-fighting among the insurgents and middle men, who exploited the process for pecuniary gains.
Reacting to the minister’s briefing, the spokesperson of the group, Abubakar Abdullahi, stated that it was a welcome development adding that it hoped the feedback on the rescue operation of the girls will be a continuous process.
“It’s a start. We have been asking for feedback on the rescue efforts. We welcome factual communication and hope this signals a period of continuous feedback. We will monitor progress and act accordingly,“ he said.
Recall that the group had called on the federal government to fufill its six demands, aimed at re-engaging the president on the issue of the abducted girls.
The group during it’s series of activities has urged the President to swiftly make a firm decision for the immediate rescue of the girls based on the safest available option.
“That the President swiftly made a firm decision for the immediate rescue of our girls based on the three available options. 1. Military operation. 2. Negotiation with the Terrorists. 3. Combination of 1 and 2. With all the information available, the President must pursue the lowest risk option of these three,” it said.
The group also called on the President to address Nigerians on his rescue plan for the girls.
It urged the President to constituted a #ChibokGirls Rescue Operation Monitoring Team made up of representatives of Federal Government, Parents of Chibok Girls, KADA Community and #BringBackOurGirls.
“This multi-stakeholders platform acts as a transparent mechanism for feedback on evidence of Mr. President’s sustained action towards bringing back our #ChibokGirls,” she said.
‘That the President immediately presided over National Emergency in the North East Conference to articulate a cohesive response plan to the Humanitarian Crisis and designate a “Special Envoy” responsible for the inter-agency collaborative work required, as well as mobilize the private sector, Nigerian public, and the International Community.
“That the President directed the Attorney General and EFCC to set up Special Desk with the responsibility for fast-tracking the trials of the Arms Procurement Fund and providing regular updates. We rejected any suspension or termination of any of the trials without reaching a legal conclusion.
“That the Chief Justice of the Federation prioritized the trials of all Counter-Insurgency related corruption cases. Cases should be placed on fast-track with no long adjournments,” it said.
The group however stated that having concluded its initial series of strategic engagements, it monitoring the response of government and will resume once the period elapses.