Chibok: Ezekwesili, others fault FG’s rescue plan

A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, and
other members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign have
faulted the plan put in place by the Federal Government to
rescue the over 200 girls that were abducted by terrorists in
Chibok, Maiduguri in April.
The group said in its Independence Day message that it was
unfortunate that the girls had remained in captivity for over
170 days.
It said the ordeal of one of the girls that recently escaped
put holes in claims by the Federal Government that it had
deployed security agents around the Sambisa forest where
the girls are believed to be held captive.
It said the recent escape of the girl, identified as Susanna,
and her slow rehabilitation showed that the Federal
Government had not put in place a post-rescue
rehabilitation plan for the victims.
It called on the Federal Government to make the rescue of
the girls its top priority. It said the ordeal of the girls in the
hands of terrorists was better imagined and called on the
rest of the world to continue to campaign for the release of
the girls.
The statement read in part, “We call on our government to
decisively act with utmost urgency in taking every measure
possible to rescue our girls. We also ask that all the
necessary mechanisms, structures, systems and procedures
of reintegration, rehabilitation and resettlement are put in
place immediately awaiting the rescue of our daughters.
“Unfortunately, Citizen Susannah, who was recently found
wandering in the bushes of Sambisa forest, raises critical
questions about the purported surveillance, rescue and
rehabilitation plans that Nigerians were told are currently in
place by both the state and Federal Government.
“Newspaper accounts report that Susannah roamed for days
in the forest before she was found and helped by villagers.
Susannah’s condition and plight demonstrates vividly the
horrific treatment that our Chibok girls must be going
through in the hands of their abductors further heightening
the necessary urgency for their rescue.”

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