Hope that the remaining Chibok girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram Islamic sect three years ago, will soon be rescued, seems dim as the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) has said that it may take years before they are found.
Minister rules out early rescue of Chibok girls
Speaking to the Hausa service of Voice of America(VOA) Tuesday, the Minister, however, said that security agencies are not resting on their oars as they are still searching Boko Haram’s hideouts in the Sambisa Forest for the remaining girls.
Dan Ali nonetheless pointed out that it took the United States a long time to find the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden, which claimed some 2,996 lives and injured over 6,000 people in 2001.
According to the Minister: “It took the US up to seven, eight, up to 10 years before they could get to bin Laden.”
He added that the military is continuing with its “campaign in the Sambisa Forest in all its nooks and corners.”
The Defence Minister’s statement came a few days after the Bring Back Our Girls group, headed by former Minister of Education in the Obasanjo administration, Ms Oby Ezekwesilli organised a lecture in order to mark the third anniversary of the girls’ abductions.