The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) campaign group has said that the Federal Governments cease fire deal with the Boko Haram sect is confusing to most Nigerians, especially with the daily killing of people by the sect.
The group, in a statement jointly issued yesterday by Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili and Hadiza Bala-Usman, said it was shocked that the insurgency seems to be engulfing more cities within the North-East zone even at a time the Federal Government confidently announced a ceasefire in its counter terrorism war. “We, like most Nigerians are at a loss on what the latest development means to our counter insurgency war and the safety of our citizens and territory.
“Has the purported ‘ceasefire’ failed, in the assessment of our military and the Federal Government? What explains the gruesome reality that after the “ceasefire” announcement of October 16th, the terrorists have been attacking many more communities, especially in Borno and Adamawa states? How do we explain the escalation in the number of innocent people killed or taken hostage after they had been informed by our Government of a truce and détente?”
“It is extremely worrisome that the rampaging terrorists are carrying out this carnage in Mubi and other parts of the North East less than two weeks after the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, publicly conveyed a stand down instruction to our troops prosecuting the war”.
The statement further called on the Federal Government to move immediately to restore the territorial integrity of Nigeria in the coming days.
“We also demand that the worsening humanitarian conditions of all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) be immediately addressed and their suffering ameliorated”.
It reminded the government that time is running out fast on the Rescue Plans for our 219 Chibok Girls.
“Today, the DAY 200 since their abduction on April 14th, 2014, since the confident announcement was made that our girls would be brought back two weeks ago, a number of their agonizing parents were hospitalized for hypertension. We must by all means avoid any situation that would be fatal for these long suffering families of our Chibok Girls”, the group stated.