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Chibok Kidnapped Girls: HURIWA Wants A United Nation's Probe

By Emmanuel Onwubiko
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Vexed by the contradictory claims and counter claims from some quarters on the credibility or otherwise of the story of the kidnapping two years ago by the dreaded armed Boko Haram terrorists of over 250 students of the Girls Government College in CHIBOK Village of Borno State, a call has gone to the Nigerian State to invite the United Nations to institute a transparent and fool- proof investigations to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the circumstances surrounding the sensationally graphic scenarios.

Making the call on Sunday is the nation's leading Non-governmental organisation -HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA ) which expressed consternation and shock that both President Muhammadu Buhari and erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo only at the weekend in Nigeria and the United Kingdom made contradictory claims on the disappearance of the school girls widely thought to have been kidnapped and converted to sexual slaves by the armed Islamists operating from the North East of Nigeria.

HURIWA recalled that whilst President Muhammadu Buhari pledged before a Nigerian audience in London, United Kingdom on Friday to rescue alive all the girls taken forcefully from CHIBOK girl's school by Boko Haram terrorists the former President Olusegun Obasanjo who is a political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari stated with finality that it would amount to telling lies if anybody still promises to bring back the CHIBOK KIDNAPPED girls.

HURIWA said it has found out from a broad range of sources both in the traditional mainstream media and the social and online media that some significant percentage of Nigerians from the Southern segment of the country see the whole odyssey and stories woven around the kidnapping of the CHIBOK secondary school girls as a well choreographed scripts by the political hawks within the Northern establishment who wanted the then President Goodluck Jonathan completely demarketed, disgraced as a weakly leader and therefore make room progressively for the emergence of ex-General Muhammadu Buhari from Katsina state as the civilian Presidentof Nigeria as a way of wrestling political power from the South back to the North. "There is a very strong school of thought that believes that the whole story of some school girls kidnapped and couldn't be rescued by the immediate past administration was a scam and a well coordinated political plot to oust the then President after potraying his government as weak and indecisive.

These persons who say the story of the CHIBOK KIDNAPPED girls was made up and so when the objective of dethroning the former President Goodluck Jonathan has long been achieved those who hatched the plots are busy dishing out discordant tunes to retain the deep rooted confusion amongst Nigerians."

The Rights group said it is imperative that all the conspiracy theories swirling around the CHIBOK KIDNAPPED girls are laid to rest finally by inviting a non partisan and an objective institution like the office of the Secretary Generalof the United Nations to investigate whether the incidence of kidnapping of school girls in this large scale ever happened and to appropriately proffer the best way to put measures in place to forestall future occurrence of such a dastardly criminal act of depravity in such a horrendous level ever again in Nigeria.

HURIWA in a statement jointly endorsed by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, expressed shock that even in Afghanistan and Pakistan whereby armed Islamic terrorism took roots and is rife a well coordinated kidnapping of school girls has never been recorded in such an unbelievable magnitude and amazing scale as we were told happened in CHIBOK.

HURIWA said: "The UN should be invited to probe all the stories around this matter with the aim of once and for all letting the cat out of the bag so Nigerians and the rest of the World is made aware of the evidence- based established narrative around the matter of kidnapping of CHIBOK school girls. It would be recalled that when the story of this kidnapping of CHIBOK school girls came up the international community was genuinely touched and World leaders and their spouses openly wept.

Celebrities around the World were not left out in these celebrated condemnation of the kidnapping of CHIBOK school girls. Since the several layers of conspiracy theories still exist that the incident never happened in the first place it would be great to let the global body investigate this matter and bring out all the dimensions of the scenarios. Enough of this cacophonous confusion and double speaks coming from Nigerian political leaders".