With the increasing insurgency in the North-east by the Boko Haram sect and the inability of the federal government to rescue the Chibok girls, the #BringBackOurGirls group and some members of the Chibok community in Abuja, paid a courtesy call on the United Nations representative for Africa to seek assistance on the way forward.
While speaking to the UN representative, Mohammed Chambers, the chairman of Chibok community, Tsambido Hosea-Abana urged the UN to assist in the rescue of the remaining 219 girls since the government of Nigeria has failed to rescue them.
He also called for the United Nations’ intervention for the alleviation of the suffering of the Northeastern people as it concerns financial and non-financial aid, noting that all the means of livelihood of the people of the region have been destroyed by the insurgents.
The Chibok community had during a special New Year Day media interaction with parents of the abducted girls, organised by the BBOG group, called for the United Nations’ help in the rescue of the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram sect on April 14, 2014.
The spokesperson of the community, Mr Dauda Iliya, had stated that the call became necessary due to the fact that after about nine months of the girls’ abduction, they were still in the hands of their abductors.
“We want to go to the United Nations. We need to go outside the Chibok community for help. We need to go to the United Nations to compel government to live up to its responsibility,” he said.
He asked the government to reveal the truth about the state of the rescue mission of the abducted schoolgirls, if any, adding that the Chibok community and the parents were in anguish waiting for any news on their girls.
“There are so many untruths. We will hold the goverment accountable for the lies they have been telling us about the girls. They told us that they saw the girls. We demand that they tell us where the girls are and what they are doing about their rescue,” he said.
Iliya also called on government to protect the community and the North-east from the insurgency, adding that many people displaced by the Boko Haram sect wished to return to their states.
“We forcefully demand for the security of the Chibok people. We demand that we are protected. We are in the political season and we want to try to make the issue of the Chibok girls a political issue. We need to engage the government,” he said.