Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, yesterday said the inability by the Federal government to rescue Chibok girls did not only erode the confidence of Nigerians but have also put the girls parents into more pains and trauma in the last one year.
ACF in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim and made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said the assurances given by the Federal Government that it had brokered a truce with Boko Haram militants that the girls would be released never yielded any positive result; in fact the so called ceasefire agreement between Boko Haram insurgents and Federal government was later denied by the National Security Adviser.
“ACF calls on the outgoing Administration not to relent but to intensify efforts in the search for the abducted Chibok girls, rescue and return them to their parents as a parting gift to Nigerians. If they cannot, the government should therefore forward intelligence reports on the matter to the incoming President to deal with. One year is too long, please bring back our Chibok girls home now!.
“ACF now urges Nigerians to be prayerful and seek divine intervention for peace to be restored in the Northeast of Nigeria and the return of the kidnapped girls to be re-united with their parents.
“ACF wishes to seize this opportunity to commend the campaign initiated and sustained by the Bring Back Our Girls and other organizations in the same crusade. Finally and a parting gift to Nigerians, we call on the Government to deploy heavy security personnel and equipment to sustain the peace in the liberated areas.