Chibok local ambassadors, a group comprising children sympathetic to the cause of the students of of Government Secondary School, Chibok, who were abducted three years ago, has given President Muhammadu Buhari a two-week ultimatum to secure the release of the remaining girls in captivity.
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram insurgents invaded the school and captured 276 girls. While 57 escaped, four were found, and 21 released after a deal the government struck with the sect.
A total of 195 are still missing.
Speaking with reporters at the entrance of the presidential villa in Abuja on Thursday, Hausa Abubakar, 10, and Christabel Ibrahim, 8, urged the president to use all possible means to ensure the girls are freed.
The children participated in the march organised by the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in commemoration of the third anniversary of the abduction.
“We are here to join our voice with others and tell the president to bring back our girls now and alive. How long shall we continue to wait? We want to see our girls back before the end of the month”, Abubakar said.
“There is no more room for excuses.”
Ibrahim also called on Buhari to reply the letter she wrote to him last year on the whereabouts of the girls.
“Till today, the president is yet to reply my letter. So, I want to also use this medium to ask him to address issues concerning our Chibok girls,” she said.
Maureen Kabrik, a BBOG advocate, alleged that Buhari had not shown enough concern about the issue.
“Just imagine if any of the daughters were your daughter, what would you have done? Or if it were the daughter of the vice-president, or the senate president, or the speaker or any of the governors or the powers that be. Are you going to remain silent, Mr President?” she asked.
Also speaking, Hosea Tsambido, chairman of Chibok Community in Abuja, said the girls have been in trauma for the past three years.
He said this should be enough reason other Nigerians should join in demanding for their release.
“If the remaining 195 girls are dead, Mr President show us the grave where they were buried. We went to know know the state or things,” he said.