Chibok girls’ captivity is like Ebola, say protesters

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In Nigeria
Aug 4th, 2014
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•Mark’s wife at 63 seeks Chibok girls’ rescue

Members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement have said the continued captivity of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls is akin to delaying the Ebola virus.

They noted that if nothing is done fast, the negative effect of the abduction would affect many innocent people.

The protesters said the new trend among Boko Haram insurgents of using girls as suicide bombers is dangerous for the affected communities and other parts of Nigeria.

The movement said the girls were being indoctrinated to negatively accept as normal the evil manipulation of their captors.

They said the girls may have been so brain washed that if the insurgents ask them to commit suicide, they might do so without hesitating.

One of the leaders of the movement, Bukky Shonibare, spoke in Abuja at the 96th daily sitting of the group.

He said: “Each day is terrible for those girls. If you look at the recent state of female suicide bombers, it is dangerous, not just to the communities involved but also to the whole nation. It’s like another Ebola. If nothing is done, it will spread round.

“The girls have been there for 111 days today. They are being indoctrinated. Their values are being changed. Something is being done to them.

“They are being affected by the Stockholm syndrome, where they begin to feel loyal to their abductors and may no longer remember the negative things done to them. They may feel a psychological kind of safety.

“So, when the abductors tell them to carry bombs or something, they will. These are girls between the ages of 16 and 19. Their values not yet shaped. The government needs to do something to make sure the girls come back soon. It has to be our priority.”

Also, Mrs Helen Mark, wife of Senate President David Mark, has urged insurgents and terrorists to stop their activities.

Mrs. Mark spoke yesterday in Abuja at a church service to mark her 63rd birthday.

Mrs Mark, according to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, said violent crimes and terrorism not only pose serious challenges but impede the peace, unity and development of the nation.

She said: “The mood of the nation does not call for celebration. I wish that we live in peace in Nigeria. I am not celebrating the birthday because of the situation we now find ourselves. It is sad.

“The security situation is embarrassing. I wish that by next year, I will celebrate my birthday in a very joyous mood and in an atmosphere of peace and unity. Not in this kind of sober mood.

“I sincerely join our compatriots and all well-meaning citizens of the world to plead with the terrorists to sheathe their swords and let us come together. Let them state in clear terms what their grievances are, and the government would address them.”

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