ActionAid to Buhari: Free Leah Sharibu, 113 Chibok girls

An international NGO, ActionAod, on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian military to ensure the quick release of the remaining pupil of Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State, Leah Sharibu, and 113 pupils of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State still in Boko Haram’s captivity.

The NGO made the plea in a statement.

It reads: ”

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) continues to stand in solidarity with the families, friends and the entire community of the kidnapped Chibok girls, who in the last four years have endured the agony of missing their loved ones.

The Country Director of AAN Ene Obi say, ‘‘While we commend the efforts of the Federal Government and the Nigeria military for securing the release of some of these kidnapped girls. However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the international community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls.’’

She added that ‘‘the abduction of the Dapchi girls’ although now released has further heightened the vulnerability of the Nigerian girl-child, both in conflict and non-conflict zones. Hence, government at all levels must prioritise safe cities, provision of security and safe spaces in our schools in order to encourage girls’ enrolment and retention as well as protect them from all forms of violence.

Ene concluded that ‘‘the Federal Government and the Nigeria military should  adopt its intelligence, power and negotiation as deployed for the release of the Dapchi girls, to bring back the remaining 113 missing Chibok girls and 1 Dapchi girl, Leah Shuaibu.’’

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