FG indirectly helping Boko Haram — HURIWA •Blasts Lai Mohammed over comment on kidnap of Dapchi girls

Posted by News Express | 25 February 2018 | 1,669 times

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•Information Minister Lai Mohammed

Prominent pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has said that the Federal Government may have inadvertently created a thriving and profitable business venture for the armed Boko Haram terrorists by constantly paying heavy ransom to free Chibok kidnapped school girls.

It said that successfully buying the freedom for the nearly three hundred abducted school girls of Chibok community in Borno State is not in itself inherently evil, but the neglect on the part of governments at the center and the North East to fortify security in and around educational institutions and public facilities which has now enabled the terrorists to grab as many young female hostages as possible so as to recoup their depleting finances.

This neglect, the group said makes it look like some bad guys in government have become middlemen who benefit from the kidnap, negotiations and successful buying of freedoms for the kidnapped school girls.

It noted that the United Nations must send forensic experts to determine whether this whole Boko Haram terror campaign is not after all a well choreographed political gambit by some heartless merchants in government who don’t care even if their nation burns provided their finances are unwittingly made steadily rich and overflowing with milk and honey whilst the rest of the Nigerian suffering millions continue to live and endure the harsh security challenges foisted on them by these gangsters.

Besides, the group also condemned as reckless, irresponsible and very rude, the statement by the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, for blaming the kidnap of the girls of the Government Girls’ Science Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State, on those who wish to embarrass President Muhammadu Buhari.

“To us in HURIWA, this insensitive, irrational and infantile reaction by the information minister shows how the minds of those controlling the current central government is working that they care more about power rather than the precious lives of the millions of Nigerians.

This shameless reaction shows that the federal government has no feelings for the general state of insecurity and misery that Nigerians are going through.”

The group asked President Buhari to publicly apologise to Nigerians for this regrettable failure of intelligence and the internal security nightmare that school children especially girls are subjected to by armed terrorists who have now found a new trading line in kidnapping school girls hoping that government will bribe them with ‘Ghana-Must-Go bags’ full of foreign cash to make them release their hostages.

HURIWA also condemned the Yobe state government for abandoning their school children without using the enormous security votes to maintain 24 hours surveillance and security around school facilities which has now enabled Boko Haram to kidnap several girls from an all girls’ school in Dapchi.

It alleged that the Yobe State governor is more focused on winning the Senate seat for himself after 8 years as governor than providing security for the vulnerable school children especially the girls who are now endangered species in the hands of armed terrorists who have established a profitable business line in satanically abducting girls from schools.

HURIWA decried the handling of the aftermath of the Dapchi kidnap with the claims and counter claims about the rescue of some of those abducted school girls which have now turned out to be embarrassingly false.

It recalled that the governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, had supported the claim that the Nigerian Army rescued some of the girls of the GGSTC, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists but noted that the governor who visited Dapchi town on Thursday, said contrary to the claim, that no girl has been rescued yet.

Boko Haram terrorists had attacked the girls’ college on Monday and abducted many of the girls. While 48 of them were said to have been rescued by the army, another 111 of them were reportedly still missing after the attack but the Yobe State governor said not one of the abducted school girls has been rescued.

HURIWA noted that an earlier statement signed by Abdullahi Bego, the Director-General, Press Affairs to governor Gaidam, on Wednesday, claimed that some of the girls were rescued and were then in the custody of the Nigerian Army.

It however said that after visiting Dapchi community on Thursday, the governor faulted the claim.

Besides, a Dapchi resident, Abdul Dapchi, whose two sisters were among the abducted girls had lamented to newsmen that the community became infuriated at governor Gaidam after his confession that no girl was actually recued.

According to media reports, the governor was said to have pleaded with the affected family members and the people of the community to keep praying to God for the release of their daughters.

The group said that these claims and counter claims were rather messy.

Source: News Express

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