#Flashback: Group Accuses Northern Elders Of Masterminding Chibok Girls’ Abduction

#Flashback: Group Accuses Northern Elders Of Masterminding Chibok Girls’ Abduction

By Omos Oyibode | Staff Reporter on April 20, 2016
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Aisha Yesufu (front, in red) leads #BringBackOurGirls campaigners protest the abducted in the remote village of Chibok of 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram, during a protest at Unity Park in Abuja May 11, 2014. | Reuters/Joe Penney

A 2014 report released by a group, under the aegis of United Alliance, accused Northern elders of being the brain behind the abduction of Chibok schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State.

In a statement by the Coordinator of the group, Bashir Ado, it said the Northern elders who orchestrated the abduction of the girls employed it to distract, discredit and embarrass former President Goodluck Jonathan and bring his government to disrepute.

The statement said the girls were deliberately taken into hostage by the Northern elders to create a picture of insecurity and give the impression that nobody is safe in the country.

It blamed the Northern elders as the architect of the self inflicted injuries and employing it to district the government of Goodluck Jonathan.

It's been two years since the "Chibok girls" were stolen from their families. For the first time, we see some of the girls alive in a video obtained by CNN, This is who they are:
It’s been two years since the “Chibok girls” were stolen from their families. For the first time, we see some of the girls alive in a video obtained by CNN, This is who they are:

He faulted the authorities of the Chibok school for not closing down schools when the federal government directed schools in the area to be shut down temporarily, insisting that the authorities deliberately ignored the directive to cause embarrassment to the former President.

The group explained that there was instruction from the federal government that all schools in the area should vacate students from the schools because of the security challenge.

It said the failure of the school authority to yield to the federal instruction was fishy, saying their failure to close down the school portended a message of underground deal.

Consequently, the group said the Northern elders orchestrated the kidnap of their children but pouring venom on the inability of former President Jonathan to secure the people against Boko Haram insurgents.

It said from the interviews the mothers of the children granted at the time indicated that the kidnap was orchestrated for a determined objective.

“It is high time our leaders in the North come to terms with the reality that this self inflicting havoc will continue to deplete the value of Northerners and eventually deprive us of our place in the Nigerian nation,” the group said.

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