Bring Back Our Girls demands news of escaped Chibok girl
23 June 2016, 17:47
Lagos (AP) — Nigeria's Bring Back Our Girls movement demanded that the government provide news of the only one of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls to escape the clutches of the Boko Haram extremist group.
In a statement on Wednesday marking the 800th day of the mass abduction that outraged the world, the group also asked what the government is doing to try to rescue the other girls.
Hunters found Amina Ali Nkeki on May 17, wandering on the fringes of Boko Haram's Sambisa Forest stronghold with her 4-month-old baby and the father of the child, a Boko Haram fighter who she said helped her escape.
Ali was flown to Abuja two days after her escape for a televised meeting at which President Muhammadu Buhari promised her the best care and rehabilitation.
But the Bring Back Our Girls movement complained that no one has been allowed to see her, not even Chibok community leaders. It said Ali has said some of the girls have died but most are alive, providing evidence they could be rescued.
"It is now more than one month since Ms. Ali was rescued and her avowed restoration process by the federal government as pledged by the president began. Having given a reasonable length of time, our movement has a number of concerns regarding Amina Ali as well as the rest of our Chibok girls still in the terrorist enclave," said the statement, signed by the movement's founders Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili.
Nigeria's military has freed thousands of Boko Haram captives this year, but none of the girls kidnapped from a remote boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014.
Bring Back Our Girls also demanded the government prosecute the father of Ali's child, Mohammed Hayyatu, for abduction and rape.
"We are extremely disappointed with the evident lull in rescue actions and lack of any progress report," the movement said.