Nigerian pastor slams govt over missing Chibok girls

2016-04-11 14:56
Parents of the kidnapped school girls sit outside a compound during a meeting in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. (File: AP)

Parents of the kidnapped school girls sit outside a compound during a meeting in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents of the more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls will never see their daughters again. (File: AP)

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Abuja - Pastor Tunde Bakare has made startling criticisms against the Nigerian government, saying that too little has been done to rescue the more than 200 girls who were abducted from the north-eastern town of Chibok, local publication Naij has reported.

The girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Girls Government School by Boko Haram extremists on April 14, 2014. Two years after their disappearance, their whereabouts still remain unknown. 

Speaking during a special sit-out of #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), the senior pastor of the Latter Rain Gospel Assembly lambasted the country for having "failed these children".

"Rather than rise to the occasion as stakeholders and custodians of the security and welfare of the citizens of this nation, political parties and politicians have paid lip service, using our pain and plight of our daughters to score cheap political points," he was quoted as saying. 

Bakare claimed that the girls would have been saved if they were the children of politicians and renowned religious leaders.

Previous reports have indicated that the country's former president Goodluck Jonathan had ignored the mass abduction, only reacting to the development 19 days after the mass abduction took place.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, the Boko Haram group was demanding a $50m ransom from the government in exchange for the release of the missing girls.

The Nigerian government, however dismissed the report, saying no ransom had been paid and that credibility still remained an issue where ransom reports were concerned.


Read more on:    goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  abductions  |  western africa  |  nigeria kidnappings

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