Saturday, 15 October 2016

Released Chibok Girls Makes Huge Demand From FG

Updated 15 October, 2016


– A group has urged the Nigerian federal government to offer thanksgiving for the release of the 21 Chibok girls. 

– He urged Nigerians to also pray to God to help bring the Boko Haram terrorism and all other forms of insurgency to an end in Nigeria. 

– He commended the military and troops that made sacrifices to ensure that the insurgents saw the folly of continuing to bear arms against the Nigerian state.

The National Inter-faith and religious Organisation of Nigeria for Peace has called on Christians and Muslim faithful in the country to use this Sunday and Friday to offer thanksgiving for the release of the 21 Chibok girls. 

The national coordinator of the group, Bishop Musa Fomson while addressing journalists in Abuja on Saturday, October 15, urged Nigerians to also pray to God to help bring the Boko Haram terrorism and all other forms of insurgency to an end in Nigeria. 

Fonsom who is also the general overseer of Spring of Life Assembly said although more of the girls remain in captivity, the freedom of this first batch to be released has awakened hope. 

“We should pray for God to touch and soften the heart of those holding the remaining girls to also release them unhurt to their families.” 

“Our belief is that whatever efforts we make as humans it will make tremendous impact when we commit them to God. We must thus unite our faiths in making supplications to God for the safe return of the remaining school girls. 

“Our hope is that this development marks the start of national healing. We understand how the collective anguish over the girls’ abduction led to tempers flaring up across various divides. A lot of hurt was felt, not just by the biological parents or guardians of the students but parents across the land. 

“The lesson for all of us is that progress was made when we ceased hostility towards each other. A breakthrough came when President Buhari was allowed to focus on delivering on his promise to bring back the girls. 

Fomson commended the federal government for the care and intervention they are providing for the girls, stressing that the team of medical doctors, psychologists, social workers, trauma experts and other professionals put at their disposal is a testament to the fact that a holistic approach is being adopted in their case. 

He also saluted the military and troops that made sacrifices to ensure that the insurgents saw the folly of continuing to bear arms against the Nigerian state. 

“The degrading of the terrorists’ capabilities was definitely instrumental to their agreeing to seek peace with the release of the girls. “Our appeal is that the euphoria of this development is not allowed to detract from the reality that there are other girls, children and women in IDPs camps, who must also be rehabilitated. They too have had traumatic experience,” he said. 

He acknowledged the efforts and contributions by the wife of the Nigerian president, Aisha Buhari, who has made several interventions at various IDPs camps.  

According to him, she did not give up on providing succor to Chibok parents, saying her support for the president has helped to achieve the rare feat of freeing the first set of girl. He also urged her not to relent her efforts in pushing for the release of other in her capacity as a mother and a woman. 

On Thursday, October 13, 21 Chibok girls were released by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group. The girls were reported to have been released in the early hours of the morning. 

More than 200 girls were abducted from their schools in Borno state in 2014 by the terrorists and while some of them have reportedly died, the rest have been held by the dreaded group.

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