Christian Assosiation of Nigeria (CAN) has accused Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima of conspiring with Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok of to kidnap the more than 200 girls.
CAN made the accusation on Wednesday, through a statement released by its northern chapter’s secretary-general Prof. Daniel Babayi and its public relations officer, Sunday Oibe.
CAN said in the statement that it had suspected foul play right from day one, but it wanted to gather vital evidence before accusing the governor and school authority publicly.
“Since the abduction of some female students in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Northern CAN has decided to be silent for some reasons,” the statement read. “We have decided that we will make statements when we have all the facts of the matter.”
The organisation raised six questions, trying to put the accusation in perspective. The questions are:
- Since the abduction of these girls over two weeks ago, has Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, constituted any panel of investigation with a view to making its report public?
- How did the 353 female students disappear from the school into the thin air?
- Why did the Borno State Commissioner for Education, Principal, Vice Principal and Chief Security Officer ― who are all Muslims ― ignore the valid advice of WAEC on the security implication of writing exams in the school and the need to have a centre where the children’s life will be secured?
- How did Boko Haram carry over 200 students and their food stolen by these criminals from the school? Was it carried with trailer?
- Why is it that since this issue came up, no single photograph of the abducted children was made public by the school authorities? After all, they were preparing for exams and may have submitted their photographs.
- Where were the daughters of the Principal, Vice Principal and Chief Security Officer when the abduction took place?
CAN said it hopes that the abduction is not political gimmick to carry out a political conspiracy against these daughters of Nigerians, future mothers of Nigeria and citizens who would become leaders of tomorrow.
The group begged for international support in finding answers to the questions saying the answers would be very helpful in bringing solution to the problem.
“We are begging the international community; we are begging the Federal Government of Nigeria and the press to ask these legitimate questions from the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO of the school because Chibok is a predominantly Christian area. What we are after is the safety and future of these children, whether they are Christians or Muslims or our enemies doesn’t matter,” the statement read.
CAN’s position stated in the in the document is excerpted below
Our positions are as follows:
1. The Governor and government of Borno State should and must as a matter of urgency stop playing politics with the lives of the children of other people. They should produce those children without delay because they know their whereabouts.
2. We demand an explanation from the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO of the school on what they did and what they did not do that led to the ferrying away of these innocent children who went to sit for an examination for the betterment of their tomorrow.
3. How come that the parents of these children have not been able to come out and say anything? Are they saying that these children are orphans and do not have parents? We demand an explanation because from our investigation, parents of these children are facing intimidation and threats from the government of Borno State. That is why they could not come out to speak; but they are nursing their pains in silence.
4. We also demand that the Federal Government and the international community should help us beg the Governor of Borno State to do everything within his powers to produce these children.
6. We also reject a situation where they will turn our daughters to be sex slaves of these criminals called Boko Haram members. We have it on good authority that some of these children are being raped 15 times a day. Some of these children are being compelled to be wives of these criminals. If you want to marry somebody’s daughter, you must seek the consent of her parents and not to ferry under-aged children and perpetrate a lot of havoc on them.
The abduction of these girls seems a resurrection of what the Christian communities in Northern Nigeria have been suffering for centuries in the hands of the Emirs and Imams regarding forceful conversion and abduction of Christian girls. Borno State government should be reminded that the fundamental human rights of these people should be respected and protected.
The Governor should provide immediate explanation because we know that some people want to sacrifice these children on the altar of politics. There is a limit to which Christians would tolerate all these abnormalities. We suspect a conspiracy among all of these characters including the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO since none of the daughters of the teachers and Principal were abducted; there is more to it and this is the position of Northern CAN.
Source: Huhu Online