- The House of Reps deliberated on a motion on the urgent need to rescue the Chibok girls to mark the fourth anniversary of their adoption
- The lawmakers said it is embarrassing that the government is unable to rescue the girls from Boko Haram captivity four years on
- According to the lawmakers, until the last surviving girl is reunited with her family, the truth is nothing has been done
The House of Representatives has asked the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to secure the release of the remaining 113 Chibok schoolgirls and the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Haram captivity before 2019.
The Punch reports that the lawmakers made the call on Tuesday, April 17, when deliberating on a motion on the urgent need to rescue the Chibok girls to mark the fourth anniversary of their adoption.
The motion was moved by the member representing Damboa/Chibok federal constituency of Borno state, Asabe Bashir.
The House stated that it was embarrassing that the government was unable to rescue the Chibok girls from Boko Haram captivity four years on.
During the session which was presided over by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the lawmakers urged the government to make the rescue of the girls its top priority ahead of the 2019 polls.
They said the achievement recorded through the release of majority of the Dapchi schoolgirls would amount to nothing if the last girl, Leah Sharibu, remained in the captivity of the insurgents.
“Until the last surviving girl is reunited with her family, the truth is that we have done nothing. While we commend the efforts made so far, we do not want to mark another anniversary of the Chibok girls in captivity next year," Dogara stated.
Meanwhile, the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to ask the international community for help if he feels he is overwhemled.
The Cable reports that Ekweremadu spoke on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, April 17.
He also called on his colleagues to take the problems of killings across the country serious as they will soon be out of jobs if there is no one to govern.
Ekweremadu said: “If they kill everybody, there will be no representatives and we will have no job. If it means shutting down the national assembly to go and seek solution with the executive, we can do that. We must have a country before we even talk about elections.”
He said the problems would not linger for long if it happened in developed countries.
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