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Internal Differences Among Boko Haram Members Delaying Rescue Of Remaining Chibok Girls

Internal Differences Among Boko Haram Members Delaying Rescue Of Remaining Chibok Girls

"Some of us have refused to give up HOPE that they can be brought back like their 107 peers".

The 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram exactly four years ago, on 14 April 2014.

"As long as I remain the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the Chibok girls will NEVER be forgotten".

"We are here to show (the) government that we are still missing our sisters", Zakaria Galang, a brother of one of the students who is yet to return, told AFP.

At least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed in the conflict, it added.

In May 2016 the Nigerian army confirms the first of the schoolgirls has been found.

Friday's announcement of the tally of abductions over five years comes about two months after Boko Haram militants abducted 110 girls from Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State.

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Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau claims responsibility in a video released on May 5 and vows to sell the girls as slave brides.

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has called on the Federal Government to make the cities and spaces in schools more safe to avoid a repeat of the frightful experiences of the Chibok and more recently the Dapchi girls' abduction saga which shook the entire nation.

Islamist fighters from Nigeria's Boko Haram group have abducted more than 1,000 children in the northeast since 2013, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Friday. Don't give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again. Some may be dead, according to testimony from the rescued girls and Boko Haram experts. "However, today we remember the 113 girls that are yet to be rescued and we join our voice with their families, friends in Nigeria and the worldwide community to call on the Nigerian government to intensify effort to bring back the girls".

"The time is long overdue for the government to deliver meaningful action on behalf of all these victims of Boko Haram's crimes".

"The abductions illustrate that Boko Haram remains a menace to swathes of northeast Nigeria", it added in a report published on Thursday.

"The kidnappings cast a pall over education, particularly of girls, and thus the prospects for socio-economic development of the region".


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