District Head of Chibok town in Borno State, Zanna Modu Usman, said parents, traditional rulers and the entire people of Chibok will never feel the impact of the military in the fight against insurgency until the 219 abducted schoolgirls are rescued and reunited with their families.
He said it is unfortunate, pathetic and disheartening that for over two years when insurgents stormed Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok and went away with over 200 innocent schoolgirls, government and security agencies are yet to live up to expectations, lamenting that no amount of government’s delegation to Chibok or assistance will cushion the trauma of parents and relatives of the abductees.
The district head stated this at the commemoration of the second anniversary of the missing schoolgirls organised by
Women Peace and Security Network, WPSN, a non-governmental organisation, NGO, in Maiduguri.
Usman represented the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi, at the event.
He said statistics have shown that in less than four weeks this year, over 11,000 women and children abducted by the sect were rescued by military forces, stressing that “unless the 219 schoolgirls are released or rescued, parents and people in Chibok who share the same culture, tradition and intermarry amongst themselves would never understand the superiority of the military over Boko Haram as claimed in some quarters.
He, however, recalled with dismay that a day after the insurgents abducted the girls, no appropriate security measure was taken, saying “parents of the affected victims had to donate N500 each to mobilise motorcyclists who made an attempt to follow the footsteps of the insurgents into the Sambisa forest, but all of a sudden, they were advised by Fulani herdsmen whom they met in the bush to go back as the place they were heading to was a dead zone. They had to return to Chibok frustrated as they were not armed.”
Earlier, Convener of WPSN in the state, Mrs. Agnes Uliam Bashir, said the people of Borno and indeed the North-East have experienced, endured and are still suffering from the unwarranted violation of women and girls as a result of the insurgency that has caused unimaginable human and material destruction.

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