Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Presidency insists remaining Chibok girls are alive

Presidency insists remaining Chibok girls are alive

The Presidency on Saturday said that the government was not aware of the series of information revealed in the tweets by Mr Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have access to the leadership of the Boko Haram group on the Chibok girls.

"The fourth anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack on a shocking scale".

Speaking in the Hausa language, she said, "We are the Chibok girls..." But the actual number could be much larger, it added.

Salkida had stated that only 15 out of the remaining 113 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls with Abubakar Shekau insurgents group are alive.

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall further informed that 20000 people have been killed while 20 lakh have been displaced due to attack by Boko Haram.

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Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed.

In September 2015, Buhari raises the possibility of an exchange of Boko Haram prisoners for the girls.

In May 2017 another 82 girls are released in exchange for five Boko Haram commanders as part of the same talks.

A month later, the militants returned nearly all of those girls.

The Country Director of AAN, Ene Obi, said in a statement, "The FG and the military should adopt intelligence, power and negotiation as deployed for the release of the Dapchi girls, to bring back the remaining 113 missing Chibok girls and the remaining Dapchi girl, Leah Shuaibu". But the region's deepening humanitarian crisis, mainly sparked by Boko Haram's years-long insurgency, remains one of the world's most severe.

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On April 14, 2015 Nigeria's president-elect Muhammadu Buhari warns he "cannot promise" that the girls will be found, as vigils are held to mark their first year in captivity. But his administration has failed to defeat Boko Haram, despite pushing the militants out of many towns in the northeast by 2016.

Four years since the Chibok abduction, about 100 of the schoolgirls are unaccounted for.

"Many of the girls have died as a result of crossfires and bombardments of the security forces that no doubt were intent on rescuing them".

This was even as he urged the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, noting that the recovery of more than a hundred of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government's determined effort should give confidence that all "hope is not lost".

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