It’s four years after the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls that attracted a worldwide outcry for their release and the Bring Back Our Girls hashtag.
Boko Haram terrorists invaded a girl’s secondary school in Chibok Bornu State and abducted 276 girls. Four years after, 163 girls have either escaped, been found or swapped with Boko Haram commanders.
Ahmad Salkida, a journalist involved in the negotiations for the release of the girls has confirmed that only 15 Chibok schoolgirls are still alive in the custody of Boko Haram. This means over 90 of the 112 still in custody are dead or unaccounted for. He said that the government has missed so many opportunities to free the missing school girls.
The Nigerian government has however said that there is no reason to think some may be dead saying they are still in talks with Boko Haram to secure the release of the the remaining 112 girls.
The kidnapping of the girls on April 14, 2014 played a huge role in the ouster of then President Goodluck Jonathan who was perceived as not doing enough to secure the release of the Chibok schoolgirls.
President Buhari won at the polls 3 years ago and he promised to swiftly secure the release of the Chibok schoolgirls but under his watch in February 2018, 110 Dapchi schoolgirls were kidnapped in the same manner as the Chibok girls. 105 girls were however released about one month later although one girl, Leah Sharubu remains in custody for refusing to convert to Islam.
President Muhammadu Buharib in his message marking four years of the Chibok girls kidnappings had assured the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls that “their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists.’’