Why we’re slow in rescuing Chibok Girls — Presidency
The Presidency says its slow approach to the rescue of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State, three months ago is to avoid a repeat of the 2004 incident in experience in the North Caucasus region of Russia when 300 children were killed in an attempt by Russians to free hostages held by Chechens.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said in London on Thursday that the situation should not be misinterpreted as inaction on the part of government.
“The need to avoid a repeat of the 2004 experience when 300 children were killed in an attempt by Russians to free hostages held by Chechens in the North Caucasus region of Russia was responsible for the seemingly slow process of freeing the Chibok girls,” Dr.Okupe said at Chatham House lecture series held at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.
Speaking on ‘Priorities and Progress in Nigeria: Imperatives for Stability and Growth’, the Presidential spokesman said the war against insurgency is a major priority of the Federal Government.
He decried the slowing down of the economy by the insurgency, saying, ”We are taking advantage of the offers from our international military and intelligence allies to get a greater understanding of the landscape and identify key locations.
“We are working with our neighbours to secure the borders and limit the movements of the Boko Haram fighters, building on the agreements reached at the recent summits in Paris and London.
He spoke of government’s plan to block domestic and international sources of funds for the group.
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