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Dogara Wants Presidency To Give Deadline For Rescue Of Chibok Girls

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has charged the Presidency to give clear deadlines to security agencies, regarding return of the missing Chibok girls to their families.

The Speaker made this call during debate on a motion on the missing Chibok schoolgirls, two years after their abduction from Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaker Dogara stated this has become necessary in the light of how long it has taken to rescue the girls.

He explained that this has resulted in the need for a sense of urgency in the search and rescue effort.

The Speaker stated: “I sincerely believe that from contributions on the floor, that time has come as an institution of government, that the executive sets targets for the security forces so as to ensure that we do not lose the sense of urgency that this great tragic incident, which has been described here as a national shame, has brought upon this country.

“We must insist as an institution that targets are set so that we don’t lose the sense of urgency in our efforts to ensure that the girls are rescued and brought back to the warm and loving embrace of their families.”

Dogara also used the occasion to encourage the parents of the abducted girls not to lose hope on the return of their children, saying the wait might be long but it will be rewarded with the joy of seeing them again. “Though the days of mourning and despair may be long, the morning will come and joy comes in the morning; and the morning may come sooner than expected”, he said.

He also commended members of the #BringBackOurGirls group who have sustained “an unrelenting” advocacy for the return of the missing girls since they were abducted, and praised the efforts of the security forces of Nigeria and other supporting nations for their ongoing efforts to rescue the missing girls.


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