The Kibaku Area Development Association, KADA, otherwise known as Chibok Community has cried out over what it described as a move to wipe them out of existence by the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeastern part of the country.
Addressing a joint press conference on Sunday, the KODA’s national president, Dauda Ndirpaya Iliya and the national director, media and publicity, Dr Manasseh Allen, lamented that not much was being done the Federal Government to “permanently end Boko Haram and restore peace in our homelands”.
According to the group, the Federal Government is also doing next to nothing for the return of the remaining 112 Chibok Girls held in captivity for close to six years.
“Our people and homelands are in danger. Our homes, farms, barns, and places of worship are destroyed. We are unable to exercise our religious freedoms as we prefer. Our very existence is under grave threat.
“We also do NOT notice much effort by the government to permanently end the scourge of Boko Haram terrorism, and restore peace in our homelands in particular, and the North-East in general; nor the return of our 112 daughters held in captivity for close to 6 years.”
The group further noted that despite global efforts to renovate, rehabilitate and reopen their school through the Safe Schools Initiative initiated by the then UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, in May 2014, the project has been abandoned till date.
“It should also be noted that of the 20 Chibok girls’ parents — our kinsmen and women — who are now deceased, 11 were killed during Boko Haram attacks, 8 died of heart conditions as a result of trauma, with those alive subsisting with various degrees of heart conditions and trauma along with their resultant effects,” the group added.
“On 24th December, the Christmas Eve of 2019, there was a Boko Haram attack on Kwarangilum, 5 persons, Philemon Ishaya, Maina Kabu, Jinguna Bango, Salfi Njamina, and Daniel Thomas were killed. Five others, Patience Ishaku, Awagana Kwakwi, Wavi Maina and wife, Ibrahim Maina were abducted, with 143 houses burnt, several herds of live: cattle, sheep, goats, chicken were carted away.
“Five days later, on 29th December, 2019 at about 5:45 pm, in Mandaragrau, (Biu Local Government Area, Borno State), 17 Chibok people (children and adults) were abducted till today without trace. They are Rhoda Ishaku and her children, Esther Ishaku (Primary 2) and Ayuba Ishaku (Primary 1); Esther Aaron (a widow) with her children, Elijah Aaron, Yakub Aaron, and Salama Aaron. Others are Joy Ishaku (JSS 3), Samuel Ishaya (Primary 2), Samaila Yakub (Primary 3), Adamu Yakub (Primary 3), Naomi Yakub (JSS 2), Samuel Daniel (Primary 3), John Musa (Primary 5), Lydia Musa (Primary 4), Saraya Musa (Primary 1), Happy Isuwa (Primary 1), Lydia Ibrahim (Primary 5).
“Another 5 days later, four weeks ago, on 3rd January, 3 persons were injured as houses, vehicles, and food items were burnt to ashes in Bila Ambuldar.
“The day before, on the 2nd of January, Reverend Lawan Andimi, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Michika Loca Government Area, Adamawa State, who is a Kibaku from Kwada, Kautakari, was abducted. Two week ago, on Monday, 20th January, he was publicly beheaded by Boko Haram terrorists.
“This brief summary highlights the relentless attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on us, the Kibaku people (also called the ‘Chibok Community’) in just the last 5 weeks. This has been a recurring pattern since 2014.
“Today is also 2,120 days since 276 of our daughters schooling at Government Secondary School, Chibok, were abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists on the night of 14th April 2014. Some escaped, others were rescued, but as of this day, 112 of them remain in captivity.
“On 14 January, 2016, during our second (and so far, the last) meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja; he promised to constitute a Presidential Panel of Inquiry to closely interrogate the suspicious abduction of our daughters in their school in 2014, whereby as a community, would be able to make inputs also. This Presidential Panel of Inquiry, as announced that day, is yet to be constituted, 4 years on.
“We do not know where our daughters are and do not have information from the Federal Government when they will be rescued and brought home, or if there is any ongoing effort at all.
“The Federal Government, as well as the Army, have since 2015 repeatedly announced that Boko Haram terrorists have been ‘technically defeated’, and not able to carry out attacks. This has NOT been our experience,” the group emphasized.