Mystery surrounds the fate of more than 100 teenage girls who were abducted from a school in the remote north-east of Nigeria as contrary to claims by the Nigerian military that all but eight of the 129 girls have escaped, parents of the girls say many are still missing.
According to the BBC, “the Nigerian military's statement that most of the girls had escaped their captors contrasts sharply with other information available to the BBC, including the claims of parents of pupils at the school. They insist “many” of their children are still missing.”
Also, just hours before the military issued its statement, the governor of Borno state Kashim Shettima said the vast majority of the girls were still missing and offered a reward of 50m naira for information, a development which he also reiterated to the BBC Hausa service this morning.
Principal of the school, Mrs Asabe Kwambura, also said “There is nothing in the military statement that is true about our abducted girls. Up till now we are still waiting and praying for the safe return of the students; all I know is that we have only 14 of them, and the security people especially the Vigilante and the well meaning volunteers of Gwoza are still out searching for them. The military people too are in the bush searching. So we have not received any information that they have gotten the students yet. So let it be clear that all the information passed on the media by the military concerning 107 girls is not true. I, as the principal did not tell anybody any figure on released students other than what our Governor; His Excellency Kashim Shettima had informed the media.”
While it would be a great development for the girls to all be freed, we believe that it is grossly inappropriate for anybody to play politics with the lives and well-being of the innocent young girls.
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