by Isi Esene
There are reports that the office of the first lady, Patience Jonathan has requested for the identities of the schoolgirls abducted in Chibok on April 14.
Sources who spoke to YNaija from Borno say the first lady’s office yesterday directed community leaders in the area to make available the names of abducted schoolgirls.
Stakeholders are, however, of the opinion that such gesture is unnecessary as it would not bring back the 234 Government Girls’ Secondary School students who are still in the custody of men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
According to the source: “The office of the first lady has asked for the names of the abducted students including the ones who have escaped and it is currently being compiled.
“I don’t know what they will do with it but all the same it is good for us to have the list also.”
Parents of the abducted schoolgirls have called on the government to rescue their children wondering why it is taking so long to do this knowing their location.
One of the affected parents said, “For 11 days the government had the chance to rescue our girls but they didn’t. They have now been distributed to different places. It is too late now,” she said.
Sources say there have been many abductions in the North-east of the country with the Chibok abduction attraction owing to the sheer number of young girls abducted.
Witnesses say Boko Haram members willfully attack houses with young women and take them away using them as sex slaves and sometimes sharing them amongst themselves.
“Yes, it has been happening in Maiduguri for long; they call it Aure Markas. They take the girls and put N5,000 at the doorstep saying they have married them,” the sources said.
It is absolutely important that the government acts fast to rescue these innocent girls whose only sin is trying to get an education in a country plagued by insecurity.