Nigerians See Little Progress in 4 Years Since Chibok Kidnapping
15 April, 2018, 01:20
The President urges the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, noting that the recovery of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government's determined effort should give confidence that " all hope is not lost". It is exactly four years since they were taken.
Parents whose daughters have been released wore white tabards over their clothes at the two-hour ceremony, while those whose daughters are still being held wore black.
While numerous girls were released through negotiations, a few escaped from captivity.
"We need to know if they are alive or dead".
"I was amazed to learn later that the terms that saw the release of some of the girls was unfavourable than what I presented, but as my friend will say, even if we come up with a cure for cancer, the war economy and elites would rather die than accept a cure from a Talaka. This adds to our grief".
At least 112 of the girls remain in Boko Haram captivity.
Boko Haram insurgents have abducted at least 1,000 children in the north-east since 2013, according to UNICEF.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed in a statement that Sharibu is "the only Dapchi schoolgirl still in captivity", adding that she "will not be abandoned".
The Nigerian Army has constantly maintained that the sect has been defeated. In February, one faction kidnapped more than 100 schoolgirls from the town of Dapchi, previously untouched by the war.
One hundred and seven were returned in mid-March. He had asked them not to lose hope, promising that his administration will ensure the girls are set free and brought back to them.
Buhari however admitted that they may be some delay in securing their release following setbacks in talks with the terrorists.
"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.
Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed, UNICEF said, adding that most of these schools have not reopened "because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity".
Amnesty International's Nigeria director, Osai Ojigho, said the Chibok abduction was a small part of a bigger issue.
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