Elders list 180 abducted girls

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May 5th, 2014
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AMID the growing controversy on the number of girls abducted from the government school in Chibok, Borno State, the Northern States Christian and Elders Forum (NOCSEF) released yesterday 180 names of the April 15 incident’s victims.

In a statement issued by President/Founder of Old Time Revival Hour, Kaduna and immediate past chairman of NNOCSEF, an affiliate of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, the organisation said: “Chibok Local Government is 90 per cent Christian. Majority of the girls abducted are Christian. Why did Boko Haram visit Chibok Local Government? Why didn’t they visit so many other Local Government Girls Secondary Schools in Borno State?”

The statement urged Christians to fight the Boko Haram insurgency with prayers.

It said: “The Church in Nigeria is hereby called to a lamentation prayer.

“Every Christian home must raise a lamentation to heaven daily. Let God arise and defend His name, honour and majesty.

“Let a 15 minutes cry to heaven be done in every Church every time they gather. Oh God, rend the heavens and come down! Why should the people say where is our God?

“The list is only of Christian girls. The others were not immediately known. Parent claimed that 234 girls are missing.

“The military may not be able to solve the problem but prayer will. Ordinary military force may not get them out. Intensive agonising prayer will.”

NOCSEF made three demands. They are:

•N50million damages as trauma compensation to each girl;

•overseas university scholarship for each of the girls by September.

•transfer of SS1 and SS2 girls in that school to other schools

The government is not negotiating with Boko Haram on the release of the abducted Chibok girls, President Goodluck Jonathan said last night.

According to him, the government could not have been negotiating with “faceless” people.

Dr. Jonathan spoke in a Media Chat from the Presidential Villa, broadcast on national television.

The President promised parents, guardians and Nigerians that the government would rescue all the abducted girls.

“We sympathise with parents and guardians of these girls,” he said, adding that the kidnapping of the innocent girls is painful and urged their parents and guardians to cooperate with security agencies to secure the girls’ freedom.

He said the Federal Government was discussing with neighbouring countries  Benin Republic, Chad, Niger and those in the North-African sub-continent – to secure the girls’ release.

The President expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the security agencies, noting that the activities of the terrorists were being checked across the country.

Jonathan noted no group had claimed responsibility for the abduction.

He described the girls’ kidnap and the Nyanya bomb blast as “worrisome”. He assured Nigerians that no stone would be left unturned to rescue the girls.

Making reference to the missing Malaysian flight MH370, Jonathan said the girls’ disappearance cannot be another unresolved mystery. He dismissed allegations that the girls were been ferried abroad and married off, saying ‘‘they must still be within this area”.

Said Jonathan: ‘‘Nigerians are justified to express anger and frustration, but we will continue to do our best. Since 11:45pm of April 15 that the girls were kidnapped, security personnel have been combing everywhere. Aircraft have been deployed to scan, soldiers have combed several places but yet we have not seen them.

‘‘Nigerians have not felt the efforts being made by security agencies because the misfortune happened in Borno, which has highest concentration of Boko Haram terrorists. Wherever the girls are, we will get them.

‘‘The incident is painful and traumatising. I extend sympathies to the parents and guardians of the girls but I want to also request their cooperation with security agencies. They have not been very cooperative; that is why the agencies have not been able to get clear identities (of the girls).

‘‘The police have record of 44 returned girls while the principal during my meeting with them, said 53 girls have returned,’’ he said.

Asked if security agencies were unfit to tackle challenges facing the nation, Jonathan said they were capable, just as he acknowledged there was room for improvement.

He said the government had attended to the need for the recruitment and training of more soldiers into the military to curb insurgency, adding that the security agencies needed to be adequately equipped.

Jonathan urged Nigerians to desist from criticising the security agencies, who he said they should support because terrorism is not a conventional war.

He acknowledged the support received from the international community, but urged them to avail Nigeria with equipment for intelligence gathering.

On allegations that helicopters were used to supply materials to Boko Haram, Jonathan said: ‘‘We are playing politics with serious national security issues. Nobody has shown us a clip of the helicopter nor have they said the exact location where the supplies were being made.’’

The president said Nigeria was hit by terrorism because it is the centre of the black race and its economy.

He described the state of emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as “effective”, saying the government was consulting and would extend the rule should the need arise.

Asked how the government was checking illegal immigrants to curb terrorism, Jonathan said actions were being taken but with caution because Nigeria is among the world’s worst migration offenders.

On the government’s closure of public offices in Abuja for the World Economic Summit, Jonathan said it was to ease mobility and save the residents from long hours of traffic since many world leaders would attend the session.

He said the summit would attract investors to the country and by extension, create jobs.

However, the President said essential services and public utilities would be made available, urging Abuja residents to bear with the government.

Jonathan evaded questions on his second term ambition. He said Nigerians should concern themselves more with how security and the economy could be improved between now and May 29, 2015 and not with his ambition.

The President also denied there was any plan to increase petrol pump price, saying any marketer or filling station selling above the N97 was committing a criminal offence and should be arrested.

Jonathan denied saying Boko Haram had infiltrated his cabinet. He said he never mentioned his “cabinet” but said the “government”, adding that ‘‘government is wide and people were investigated and are still being investigated’’.

On poor electricity supply, he said the country’s major challenge was gas supply, but expressed hope that privatisation would boost supply.

On employment, Jonathan said government’s target was to provide an enabling environment as it cannot create jobs for all Nigerians.

In order to tackle the security challenges the President said he had been talking to foreign powers like the United States, United Kingdom and China requesting them to assist Nigeria in stemming the menace of terrorism.

“I feel pain when I hear that Nigerians die because of Boko Haram madness, this thing cannot go on. The foreign countries have been helping in one way or the other.”

He said most of the communities suspected to be the hideouts of the captors cannot be located by the military.

On the effectiveness of the State of Emergency in the three states, Jonathan said the declaration of state of emergency does not mean that people in the states should be wiped out.

“The people who are criticising state of emergency are doing so probably out of frustration or because they think it is taking too long.”

On the N10 billion allegedly spent by the Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, on private jet for her personal use, the president said given the nature of the job of the minister, the ministry is entitled to hire a jet for effective performance.

He said the House of Representatives had politicised the matter, noting that the House is turning into “parliamentary dictatorship”.

The President frowned at the frequent invitation of ministers by the National Assembly such that the minister spend a lot of time appearing before legislative committees to the detriment of their official duties.

Commenting on the scarcity and increase in fuel price, the president said there is no plan to change pump price.

“I cannot increase pump price through the backdoor, if I have to do it, I will make it public even if it will cost me my job. If someone manipulates pump price to punish Nigerians, he is a criminal.”

The President expressed optimism that privatization of power sector in the country would lead to better and stable power supply.

He said the critical problem facing the sector is lack of adequate gas supply for the generation of power. He said government is looking for money to meet the need of the sector to boost power generation .

THE MISSING CHIBOK GIRLS.

1 Deborah Abge
2. Awa Abge
3. Hauwa Yirma
4. Asabe Manu
5. Mwa Malam pogu
6. Patiant Dzakwa
7. Saraya Mal. Stover
8. Mary Dauda
9. Gloria Mainta
10. Hanatu Ishaku
11. Gloria Dama
12. Tabitha Pogu
13. Maifa Dama
14. Ruth kollo
15. Esther Usman
16. Awa James
17. Anthonia Yahonna
18. Kume Mutah
19. Aisha Ezekial
20. Nguba Buba
21. Kwanta Simon
22. Kummai Aboku
23. Esther Markus
24. Hana Stephen
25. Rifkatu Amos
26. Rebecca Mallum
27. Blessing Abana
28. Ladi Wadai
29. Tabitha Hyelampa
30. Ruth Ngladar
31. Safiya Abdu
32. Na’omi Yahonna
33. Solomi Titus
34. Rhoda John
35. Rebecca Kabu
36. Christy Yahi
37. Rebecca Luka
38. Laraba John
39 Saratu Markus
40. Mary Usman
41 Debora Yahonna
42. Naomi Zakaria
43 Hanatu Musa
44. Hauwa Tella
45. Juliana Yakubu
46. Suzana Yakubu
47. Saraya Paul
48. Jummai Paul
49. Mary Sule
50. Jummai John
51. Yanke Shittima
52. Muli Waligam
53. Fatima Tabji
54. Eli Joseph
55. Saratu Emmanuel
56. Deborah Peter
57. Rahila Bitrus
58. Luggwa Sanda
59. Kauna Lalai
60. Lydia Emmar
61. Laraba Maman
62. Hauwa Isuwa
63. Confort Habila
64. Hauwa Abdu
65. Hauwa Balti
66. Yana Joshua
67. Laraba Paul
68. Saraya Amos
69. Glory Yaga
70. Na’omi Bitrus
71. Godiya Bitrus
72. Awa Bitrus
73. Na’omi Luka
74. Maryamu Lawan
75. Tabitha Silas
76. Mary Yahona
77. Ladi Joel
78. Rejoice Sanki
79. Luggwa Samuel
80. Comfort Amos
81. Saraya Samuel
82. Sicker Abdul
83. Talata Daniel
84. Rejoice Musa
85. Deborah Abari
86. Salomi Pogu
87. Mary Amor
88. Ruth Joshua
89. Esther John
90. Esther Ayuba
91. Maryamu Yakubu
91. Zara Ishaku
93. Maryamu Wavi
94. Lydia Habila
95. Laraba Yahonna
96. Na’omi Bitrus
97. Rahila Yahanna
98. Ruth Lawan
99. Ladi Paul
100. Mary Paul
101. Esther Joshua
102. Helen Musa
103. Margret Watsai
104. Deborah Jafaru
105. Filo Dauda
106. Febi Haruna
107. Ruth Ishaku
108. Racheal Nkeki
109. Rifkatu Soloman
110. Mairama yahaya
111. Saratu Dauda
112. Jinkai Yama
113. Margret Shettima
114. Yana yidau
115. Grace Paul
116. Amina Ali
117. Palmata Musa
118. Awagana Musa
119. Pindar Nuhu
120. Yana Pogu
121. Saraya Musa
122. Hauwa Joseph
123. Hauwa kwakwi
125. Hauwa Musa
126. Maryamu Musa
127. Maimuna Usman
128. Rebeca Joseph
129. Liyatu Habitu
130. Rifkatu Yakubu
131. Naomi Philimon
132. Deborah Abbas
133. Ladi Ibrahim
134. Asabe Ali
135. Maryamu Bulama
136. Ruth Amos
137. Mary Ali
138. Abigail Bukar
139. Deborah Amos
140. Saraya Yanga
141. Kauna Luka
142. Christiana Bitrus
143. Yana Bukar
144. Hauwa peter
145. Hadiza Yakubu
146. Lydia Simon
147. Ruth Bitrus
148. Mary Yakubu
149. Lugwa Mutah
150 . Muwa Daniel
151. Hanatu Nuhu
152. Monica Enoch
153. Margret Yama
154. Docas yakubu
155. Rhoda peter
156. Rifkatu Galang
157. Saratu Ayuba
158. Naomi Adamu
159. Hauwa Ishaya
160. Rahap Ibrahim
162. Deborah Soloman
163. Hauwa Mutah
164. Hauwa Takai
165. Serah Samuel

Muslim Girls
166. Aishatu Musa
167. Aishatu Grema
168. Hauwa Nkeki
169. Hamsatu Abubakar
170. Mairama Abubakar
171 Hauwa Wule
172. Ihyi Abdu
173. Hasana Adamu
174. Rakiya Kwamtah
175. Halima Gamba
176. Aisha Lawan
177. Kabu Malla
178. Yayi Abana
179. Falta Lawan
180. Kwadugu Manu

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