Ahead of the May 29, 2023, handover date, experts have tasked the incoming government to prioritize the recovery of the remaining Chibok girls and other abducted persons in the country.
The experts, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, said the recovery of the girls was a matter of national urgency.
They said the incoming government should not relent in its efforts to rescue the girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in April 2014.
Dr. Bukola Olatunji, a security expert, said the recovery of the Chibok girls was a moral obligation of the government.
“The Chibok girls have been in captivity for over eight years now. It is a moral obligation of the government to rescue them,” Olatunji said.
“The government should not relent in its efforts to rescue the girls. They are our daughters and they deserve to be home with their families.”
Dr. Abiodun Adefope, a political analyst, said the recovery of the Chibok girls would be a major boost for the incoming government.
“The recovery of the Chibok girls would be a major boost for the incoming government. It would show that the government is serious about security and that it is capable of delivering on its promises,” Adefope said.
“The government should not forget the Chibok girls. They are a symbol of hope for many Nigerians. The government should do everything possible to rescue them.”
The Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 14, 2014.
The insurgents have released some of the girls, but 112 of them are still in captivity.
The Nigerian government has said it is working to rescue the remaining girls, but the efforts have so far been unsuccessful.
The experts who spoke to NAN urged the incoming government to redouble its efforts to rescue the Chibok girls and other abducted persons in the country.
They said the recovery of the girls would be a major step towards ensuring the security of the country and the well-being of its citizens.
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