The #BringBacKOurGirls (BBOG) group has urged the federal government to assemble a team of independent media and civil society advocates to join the military in a tour of all the reclaimed territories from the insurgents to assess the full extent of the situation in the area.
In a press release during its monthly monitoring initiative, the leaders of the group, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Hadiza Bala Usman, stated that such transparent and independent assessment of the conditions in those communities should help establish the real conditions of the communities.
It added that having the full position of things will build the confidence of many who fled those territories to begin to return in line with the pronouncements of the federal government.
“Following the Dalori attacks on 30 January, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, formerly Borno commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, now senator representing Borno Central senatorial district, revealed that Boko Haram terrorists still occupy vast swathes of Nigerian territory. Specifically, according to him, only three local government areas: Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Bayo, and Kwaya Kusar local government areas of the state are completely under the Nigerian state control. Mobar, Abadam, and Kala Balge local government areas are firmly in Boko Haram’s control.
“Of the remaining 21 local government areas, whereas the state has control of the local government headquarters and other key towns, Boko Haram operate at the outskirts. This statement contradicts the President’s recent update ‘that Boko Haram has been routed and controls no space of Nigerian territory.’
“The Borno State governor, Dr. Kashim Shettima rebutted the senator’s reports and asked that it be discountenanced even though some residents of Borno insist that the lawmaker is accurate,” it said.
Meanwhile, the group has expressed its delight that more citizens are regaining their freedom and added that Chibok girls were a symbol for all other abducted citizens and that the group will stand and keep demanding for the rescue of all Nigerians forcefully held captive in enemy enclave.
“While we celebrate their success in rescuing these citizens, we however consider the military’s current practice of never identifying those it secures freedom for, as totally unacceptable and against global practice. For the dignity of our fellow citizens, we demand that the military and NEMA must begin to fully provide the identities of every rescued citizen.
“For transparency and accountability purposes, we demand from the federal government, immediate release of the names of all citizens that have so far been rescued from the captivity of terrorists. We want to know where they are from, their verified or verifiable identities, their rehabilitation, reintegration and resettlement plan for these victims for whom freedom should be the beginning of an orderly life,” it said.
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