The #BringBackOurGirls group has called on the senators deliberating to visit the North East to ensure that they are going to offer solutions to the predicament of the victims of Boko Haram and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and not go there for popularity.
Speaking on the deliberations that centered around a Senate delegation’s visit to the Northeast, as was discussed on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, one of the members of the group, Dr Allen Manasah noted that it would be unfair if the senators just visit the Northeast and not make any impact on the people there.
“There is the need for the National Assembly to graduate from visiting and start asking the necessary questions we have been asking. When Babuji said he is part of those that abducted the Chibok girls, we were relieved that with his arrest, something good will come out of it; but we have not seen him in court. We want people behind the Boko Haram sect to be exposed.
“The roads are still closed. The military could not move towards the road between Maiduguri and Dambowa because they were attacked while going there. This is why we want the senate delegation to take security seriously. There should be effort to bring back security and peace. Without peace, there is no development. So many children are out of school. We need the students in Borno State to go back to school. We need people to go back to their homes. We need peace and these are what we expect from the visit of the Senate,” Dr Allen stated.
He, however, commended the move for the visit, and urged the senators to ensure that they assessed the state of the IDPs, and even the military operations going on there in order to ensure that the world’s best practices, are followed in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
The group further called on the military and other security operatives fighting the insurgents to seek more ways of tackling the Boko Haram that would bring back peace to the region faster, as the conventional war seems not to be working anymore.
The BBOG also commended the effort of the multinational joint task force, noting that with this collaboration, the fight against the insurgents will be tackled effectively in the region.
“The multinational joint force is part of the war. It is a departure from what we had before. At least we are progressing. Trust is being built between the neighbouring countries and with trust, we will surely make progress in the fight against insurgency,” Abubakar Shehu stated.