…Says 110 still unaccounted for
The residents of Chibok local government area of Borno State have decried the neglect of their area by the Government, which according to them has left them vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, an association of people from the LGA, Kibaku Area Development Association, (KADA), lamented that since the break out of insurgency attacks over a decade ago, their area had been attacked over 72 times, with over 407 persons killed.
Recall that Chibok got famous when on April 14, 2014, Boko Haram invaded a school in the community, abducting over 270 schoolgirls.
The group also lamented that over 332 persons had been abducted in the council, over 20 churches burnt, unquantifiable houses and businesses burnt, vehicles stolen and grains barns burnt or destroyed by the terrorist group.
The group, which was led to the press conference by the National President of KADA, Dauda Iliya said: “We are on behalf of the entire Chibok Community, using this medium to once again call on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue Chibok Community, an ethnic nationality, from total annihilation by the Boko Haram terrorists. This is because since the mass abduction of our 276 daughters in April 2014, wherein 57 escaped (on their own), we still have 110 of them still unaccounted for.
They appealed to the Government to synergise with security forces in confronting the menace so as to end the sustained carnage on the people of Chibok and facilitate the return of the remaining 110 daughters abducted in 2014 and numerous others subsequently abducted at different times; for the immediate setting up of IDP Camps in Chibok town and provide Chibok with a skills-acquisition centre in order to avoid imminent hunger/starvation.
The association also requested the Federal Government to order the deployment of more military personnel as well as better arms to Chibok, in order to halt the continuous attacks on the community.
They also pleaded with Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, to do more in organising and helping the people of the area in securing the State in general, particularly Chibok, from attacks.
The KADA condoled the Nigerian Army for the loss of gallant soldiers, including the very brave Brigadier-General B. K. Zirkushu, who lost their lives in Askira protecting the people against the invading terrorists in November 13, 2021.