Nigerian Military Stopped Parents Of Abducted Chibok Girls From Traveling For Planned March
Earlier, a March together with the parents of abducted Chibok girls and the Chibok community to re-engage with the president on the matter of their rescue this Thursday 14 January was announced.
A delegation of parents left Chibok yesterday morning Tuesday 12 January for a 2-day journey to Abuja. Despite their meagre income, the over 120 parents were determined and paid the bus fare from Chibok to enable them to partake in the march to re-engage with the president after the first meeting of 8 July 2015.
At about 8 am, information reaching Sahara Reporters state that they had been barred from proceeding by soldiers. We wondered if this was perhaps a random solitary act of some overzealous checkpoint leader or an action directed from the military high-command. Not wanting to speculate and escalate without establishing the facts behind the episode, we reached out to the administration through Pastor Tunde Bakare -- a well-respected citizen and co-advocate of the cause of our Chibok girls.
The top echelon of the military and security team reached out apologising for the uncalled for and regrettable incident. Reasons adduced were that the fragile security context could have exposed such a large contingent of the parents to risks. Whilst we appreciate the legitimate safety concerns, we are convinced however that it could have been better handled with dignified treatment of parents who have been heartbroken over the last 638 days of their daughters' captivity.