The Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Munir Dan-Ali, has said it will take years to rescue the remaining one hundred and ninety-five Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Dan-Ali said this in an interview he granted the Hausa Service of the Voice of America monitored in Abuja on Tuesday.
Boko Haram terrorists abducted two hundred and seventy-six school girls from a secondary school in Chibok on the fourteenth of April, 2014. Although some of the girls have been found, 195 are still missing. Dan-Ali said the military has been pushing hard into areas where remnants of Boko Haram fighters are hiding within the Sambisa forest.
Meanwhile, the missing girls’ parents have vowed that they will continue to march on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, every day until they are granted audience by President Muhammadu Buhari. The parents, who were again refused access to the State House on Tuesday, claimed they have become the president’s enemies after voting him into power.
The kidnapped girls’ parents led by Reverend Enoch Mark, whose two daughters are among the missing ones, complained about the Presidency’s approach to the issue.
Observers are of the view that, in spite of the many military victories over the terrorists, the inability to locate and free the remaining girls remains a sore point.