First rescued Chibok girl, Amina Ali
A Women group, the Coalition for Women Advancement in Africa (CAWA) has rebuked the leadership of the Chibok community over the second rescued Chibok girl.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Saturday, May 21, the executive vice president of the group, Jummai Samuel condemned the statement by the leader of the Chibok community in Abuja, Tsambido Abana that second girl is not was not from Chibok.
Samuel said: “As mothers, our joy is that these two girls regaining their freedom has rekindled our hopes that the other school girls abducted in Chibok and thousand others abducted from their homes and other places will soon regain their freedom.”
She said, while recognizing that two out of over 200 girls are negligible, there must be joy for the two who have been rescued.
“We are however saddened by the report that six of the girls have died in captivity, we are saddened even more by deliberate attempt by some miscreants within the cyberspace to denigrate the efforts of the military in bringing about the conditions that made the rescue of these two girls, other women and children possible,” Samuel said.
She also condemned the use of media to cheapen the activities of the Nigerian military against the Boko haram terrorists in north eastern region.
“It is disheartening that instead of looking at the more crucial issues of rehabilitating the freed girls and speeding up the rescue of the others, Nigerians are being inundated with disgusting debates over who rescued who or how a freed girl was not originally abducted in Chibok but in Adamawa state.
“How do those behind this thrash talk sleep? Are they humans? Are they parents? Do they have underlying mental health issues?” Samuel asked
She said: “Our conviction is that even when right activists rescue innocent persons in federal prisons, where government feeds and gives them basic medical attention, they should be applauded. How much more when troops rescue abductees from terrorists that have iota of respect for human rights or rules of engagement? The life of every Nigerian: young or old, male or female is as important as any other one and irrespective of where their ordeal took place should be appreciated”
“Our thoughts are that the credibility and motive of the chairman of abducted Chibok School Girls Parents Association is suspect and has to be scrutinized”
“Why the emphasis on only Chibok daughters to the detriment of thousands of other persons abducted in the same war? Is it for pecuniary gains, or patronage by foreign donors/ NGOs?
“Are they being sponsored to discredit the military and the government, or is it in anticipation of possible largesse and compensation?” she added.
On Wednesday, May 19, the Nigerian military with the help of the civilian Joint Task Force rescued one of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls, Amina Ali, who were abducted from their hostel on April 14, 2014.
Also, the next day the media went agog with the rescue of another girl, Sarah Luka from the den of the terrorists.
Although controversies have been raised whether the second rescued girl was among the over 200 girls absucted from their school in Government Secondary School in Chibok, the Nigerian army has insisted that Luka is one of the abducted schoolgirls.