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Nigeria: Tell Nigerians the Truth About Chibok Girls, Buhari Campaign Urges Jonathan

Sunday 22 March 2015, by siawi3

Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201503190159.html

Daily Trust (Abuja)
18 March 2015

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By Nuruddeen M. Abdallah

President Goodluck Jonathan should offer more credible explanations about the fate of the Chibok girls abducted over a year ago by the Boko Haram terrorists, the Buhari campaign said.

The “assurance” by Jonathan that the girls “are safe” brought cold comfort for the families of the victims, the opposition campaign spokesperson Malam Garba Shehu said on Wednesday.

He said after the presidential assurance, the parents of the girls were expecting a dramatic announcement to follow, which is informing them about the exact location of the girls.

He however said with no news emerging about the whereabouts of the girls, the president’s “assurance” would have no weight in terms of bringing real succour to the families of the hostages.

The spokesperson said it is not enough to reassure parents that the girls are safe and unharmed without providing reliable information about their fates to restore hope to the families of the captives.

Jonathan should make good on his earlier assurance that the government knew where the Chibok girls were by bringing them safely home to their traumatised parents, the opposition campaign said.

He said finding the girls should be Jonathan’s priority, adding that rebuilding schools in Chibok is of secondary importance compared to the urgency of finding the girls.

For anyone to assure Nigerians of the “safety” of the girls, means that the information at his/her disposal is credible, Shehu added.

He said such assurance has grave implications if it turns out to be built on vain hopes.