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Boko Haram:Chibok Community Leaders Cry Out, Say “We Are Target For Annihilation”

By Gbenga Akingbule. 

The woes and nightmares of the people of Chibok where over 200 School girls were abducted  in 2014 is far from over – this time around residents claim the dreaded Boko haram terrorists are on verge of annihilating them .

Killings of Chibok people by the Boko Haram terrorists  have continued unabated in different parts of Nothern Nigeria,  says Dauda Ndirpaya and Dr Manasseh Allen ,National President and National Director, Media and Publicity of Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA)

” The Kibaku Area Development Association (KADA) wishes to cry out and put it on the record that we are being targeted for attacks and annihilation, whether at home or wherever we are. 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.” KADA said 

In a press statement issued and signed leaders of KADA , an umbrella body of Chibok people all over the world call on the international community to intervene and halt the continued killing of Chibok people  in Nigeria. 

” We want the urgent intervention of the international community; the killing of our people must stop now ” Manasseh Allen  said on phone today.

The KADA leaders experess dissatisfaction over the inability of the Federal government of Nigeria to stop the killing of people from Chibok origin  since 2014 .

” 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.” KADA leaders said in the statement. 

According to the Statement,  ” 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. 

” 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.

“Despite global efforts to renovate, rehabilitate and reopen their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok (with the intention of defeating the terrorists’ objective) through the Safe Schools Initiative which was initiated by the then UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, in May 2014, following the attack, it has been abandoned and remains closed as an abandoned project, to this day.

” 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.

” Please Save Our Souls .” 

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