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‘Bring back our 112 Chibok girls!’ demands for closure and disclosure 7 years on

Nigerian government has successfully freed 82 girls from the Boko Haram group in 2017, however 112 are still un-accounted for. This Month sow a rise in the call for the missing girls rescue, seven years into their abduction.

This came on the 7th anniversary of the kidnap of 276 girls, even as global news headlined an attack on a humanitarian hub in the same state from which the schoolgirls disappeared into the Sambisa Forest on the night of April 14th 2014.

112 of them remain un-accounted for. When Boko Haram started abducting girls, it was in 2014 and the President at the time of the 2014 mass abduction, Goodluck Jonathan, eventually ordered an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the mass kidnap.

The inquiry, led by retired Army-Gen. Ibrahim Sabo submitted its report on 20 June, 2014 but it has never been published and years later. Now dating to seven years ago, the report showed how the Chibok girls’ kidnap appeared to be part of the Islamist group’s strategic approach to destroy the Christian community in N. Nigeria, where in some states, Christians still form a significant minority. Aid groups estimate that more than eight million people in the north-east are in urgent of humanitarian assistance as a result of the 10-year Islamist insurgency.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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