Brig-General Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali (rtd) Minister of Defence has made a shocking revealtion about the effort of the authorities towards finding the Chibok girls who were adpoted over 3 years ago by Islamic Terriorist Group Boko-Haram.
Mansur said while speaking to VOA’s Hausa Service that it might take years to find the girls. In his defence as to why the search would take such a long time, he said that it took a long time for the United States to find 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
“It took the US up to seven, eight, up to 10 years before they could get to bin Laden,” he said. “We are continuing our campaigning in the Sambisa Forest in all its nooks and corners.”
Ali spoke to VOA as activists mark the third anniversary of the girls’ abductions. Boko Haram kidnapped 276 students from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, on April 13, 2014. There are 195 girls still missing.
In 2014, Boko Haram seized control of much of north-eastern Nigeria but has been driven back by a Nigerian-led multinational military campaign.
Despite the success, the government’s inability to find the girls or determine their fate is overshadowing the military victory.
Sheikh Nuru Khalid, a member of the influential Interfaith group that tries to ensure peace between Nigerian Muslims and Christians, says failure to find the girls would translate into a victory for Boko Haram.
“We can never allow the terrorists to win the war. If they got (away) free with those girls, then they have relatively won the war,” he said.
Human rights lawyer, Abdu Bulama Bukar, told VOA Hausa Service that the government needs to address the psychological trauma suffered by the families of the missing girls and other victims of Boko Haram brutality.
“Married women have been made single again; kids have been orphaned; homeowners are without shelter; Nigerians have been turned into refugees in their own homeland,” he said.