Following the inability of security forces to secure rescue of over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, parents of the girls have spoken out demanding an invasion of the camp of their captors, beseeching the military to bring the girls back, dead or alive.
In an interview with Premium Times, chairman of Chibok local government, Tsambido Hosea on Friday, August 29, 2014 during a protest marking the 130th day the girls have spent in captivity, said the parents of the girls have found it hard to continue with their normal lives with the knowledge that their daughters were being held in the forest.
Premium Times reports:
He said the parents of the victims were seeking a logical end to their trauma either by burial or reunion.
“If the Federal government has that capacity, let them go into the Sambisa. If there are some that God said would be rescued, they can be rescued by the force and if some have gone, it’s better (to know) than this entire trauma the parents are going through,” he said.
He said the parents want to bury their children if they are dead so they can forge ahead with their lives instead of living with uncertainty, not knowing if their children are dead or alive.
This abduction of schoolgirls on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 disrupted the lives of many in Nigeria, with some sympathetic Nigerians along with the Chibok community organising marches and protests to create awareness and force the Federal Government to be proactive on the issue.
A group termed the #BringBackourGirls movement have been protesting on the streets of Abuja since a week after the hostages were taken demanding their rescue, to the chagrin of the government. They meet at the Unity Fountain Maitama every day at 3pm. They said they will not stop meeting until the girls are brought back alive and well. Listen to Mr Hosea below.
Listen To Mr. Hosea Here
Read transcript below:
The parents say they don’t care about their life but let them go in. If they can take care of this Boko Haram, so that they will not spread to other places. So that they cannot continue with their menace.
Let the girls be sacrificial lambs. That’s what they told me yesterday.
I phoned them, that I know that I am going to face some interviews today. What is your opinion? So this their opinion.
Actually, if the federal government has that capacity, let them go into the Sambisa. If there are some that God said will be rescued, it can be rescued by the force.
And if some has gone, its okay, than all this troubles, than all this trauma the parents are going through now.
They cannot do anything. But had it been they buried them, they would have forged ahead with their lives.
They are saying let the government go into the forest. Even the corpse, let them bring the corpse of the children so that they will bury them properly.
What they are saying is that these girls in the bush, it is better for the government, to go in with the force, with the army might to bring them even the corpse for them, so that they can bury them properly.