9 July 2014

Nigeria: 85 Days After, No Hint on Chibok Girls - Sheriff

Maiduguri — The deputy national mobilization leader of the "Bring back our girls campaign", Yusuf Sheriff, said yesterday that 85 days after over 200 schoolgirls were seized from their school in Chibok by the Boko Haram, there is yet no credible information from government on their whereabouts.

Sheriff who addressed newsmen in Maiduguri said since the past 63 days when members of the movement began sitting daily at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, there has not been any result from the federal government to show seriousness on the girls.

He said instead, what the group has seen is escalation of attacks by the insurgents with more mass killings, more abductions and mass destruction of propriety.

"Today July 8, 2014 is 85 days since the Chibok girls were abducted and our security chiefs informed us that rescue plans were at advanced stage. We called this press conference today to express our deep concern that in spite of numerous assurances the Chibok girls have not been rescued", Sheriff said.

He argued that contrary to claims in some quarters that the group is only concerned about the Chibok girls, they stand for all voiceless people irrespective of tribe or religion.

He urged the federal government to deploy more security personnel and equipment to hasten the rescue mission. Sheriff also advised government to liaise with the local communities to get credible information to ease the rescue effort.

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