Boko Haram: 3,000 women, girls missing in northeast

Boko Haram: 3,000 women, girls missing in northeast

- An NGO has revealed that the women and girls got missing since Boko Haram insurgency began

- The group has also asked the #BringbackOurGirls protesters to devise other means of pressing home their demands

About 3,000 women and girls have been confirmed missing in Nigeria's north eastern state, a report has stated.

According to the Non-violent Peace Initiative (NPI), the non-governmental organisation that came up with the finding, Boko Haram insurgency has been responsible for the displacement of the females since they started terrorising the country.

Mallam Sahanu Mohammed Idris, the group's coordinator, during a visit to the Abuja headquarters of Media Trust Ltd on Wednesday, explained that some of these missing persons were abducted from schools offering both Islamic and Western education, women teachers' and Arab teachers' colleges.

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He also advised the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaigners on how to get the government to rescue the over 200 missing school girls from Chibok community.

Idris said: "I heard the Chief of Army Staff two weeks ago in Kaduna when he said 20, 000 persons were rescued. At least this government is taking necessary actions to rescue the girls.

"So my advice to them is to look for ways to advise the government, not by going on the streets as if they were fighting the government."

Recently, Professor Wole Soyinka also reacted to the ban on protests in Abuja and warned against using force against #BringBackOurGirls protesters.

Ibrahim Idris, Nigeria's inspector general of police had warned the Oby Ezekwesili-led BBOG campaigners to stop any form of protest in Abuja and described their action as a security threat and ordered that any group planning to protest must get first get approval from the authority.

But the Nobel Laureate on Thursday, September 8, stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government must not infringe on the democratic right of the people especially as protests do not constitute national threats.

Soyinka said: “I saw a report in a national daily that demonstrations on behalf of the Chibok girls pose a threat to national security and I thought, not again. My mind flew back immediately to another governor under whose democratic leadership, parents were tear-gassed for demonstrating peacefully about losing their children in a plane crash in Port Harcourt.

“Democracy is not just about campaigning. It is exercising human rights. It is about helping to build the society. Demonstrations cannot be too much as long as those girls are missing. Demonstrations are an act of solidarity. Wherever they are today, when their mothers demonstrate on their behalf, their morale is raised."


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