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Nigeria: CSOs Urge Knock Buhari, Media to Insist On Rescue of Leah Sharibu, Other Chibok Girls

Abuja — Seven days to the end of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have stated that the administration did not live up to its promise concerning the release of Leah Sharibu and other kidnapped Chibok girls.

They also urged the media to intensify reports and make commitments on consistent reportage of the kidnapped Chibok girls abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram, on April 14, 2014.

Stating that the present administration used the incident of the kidnapped girls to ride to power through its campaign promises, they called on the president-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, and his vice, Sen. Kassim Shettima, to see to the rescue of Leah Sharibu and the remaining 93 Chibok girls as a priority as they prepare to take over mantle of leadership, adding that leadership is continuity.

The call was made at a media screening of “Nine Years Life after Chibok Abduction” organised by Women Radio 91.7FM in Abuja.

Speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, urged members of the media not to relent in their reportage.

“As a society, the Nigerian media set the tones for governance and for engagement. Few days left, something can be done in the case of Leah Sharibu.

“And knowing that this has taken over nine years, they cannot get tired and abandon it.

“Because as a society, if we are unable to protect girls and our children, then what kind of society are we building?

“I believe this is an opportunity here with the transition ongoing and with the incoming administration.