Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has said the news of the
release of 21 Chibok girls reportedly abducted by the Boko Haram
insurgents may as well be one of the Federal Government diversionary
tactics, adding that “it has become the practice of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government to divert the
attention of Nigerians each time it goofs.”
The governor said the report could be a way to shift attention from
the last week assault on our judges and the Judiciary by federal
government, which has been widely condemned.
Reacting to the reported release of 21 out of the 219 students reportedly
abducted from their dormitory in Chibok community, Borno State, on
April 14, 2014, through his Special Assistant on Public Communications
and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said, “Nigerians are no
longer interested in the lies and make-believes of the APC-led federal
government. Rather, Nigerians want the economy fixed and food on their
He said Nigerians should wait to see the set of girls said to have
been released this time round before drawing any conclusion.
“As for me, I keep my fingers crossed on this reported release of 21
Chibok girls. This is because we were once told by this same
government that one of the girls was released and the girl, who was supposed to be writing Physics WAEC examination then could not speak one sentence in English.
“Again, it was reported yesterday that Boko Haram bombed Maiduguri,
Borno State and killed more than 10 people. How the same Boko Haram
insurgents that bombed Maiduguri yesterday could release 21 Chibok
girls today is a question Nigerians must ask.
“Until proved otherwise, the story still appears like one of the
diversionary tactics of the federal government,” he said.
Speaking further, Fayose said, “The economy deserves more
attention than all these lies and propaganda.
“We have heard enough stories on corruption, the federal government
should give Nigerians food. The people are suffering and their
sufferings must be attended to by the federal government.
“Propaganda, cheap lies and diversionary tactics must give way for
Twenty-one of about 265 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents were set free Thursday after several negotiations between the insurgents and the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended FG for the successful negotiation which led to the freedom of 21 of the Chibok girls saying the development marks the beginning of the liberation of the girls in totality..
In a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said although it was not yet Uhuru, it wished to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on bringing out 21 of the girls from captivity.
The group adds, “In particular, we hail President Buhari for his recent passionate appeal to the United Nations (UN) to come to his aid in negotiating with the Boko Haram insurgents. We believe that it was this transparent and highly pragmatic approach which brought the Red Cross and the UN into the negotiation process. It is needless to say that the insurgents saw credibility and sincerity in FG’s latest negotiation moves because international agencies were involved…
“We are saddened by the fact that some of the girls came back with children of their own but we thank Allah that they are alive. We charge FG to come up with a programme for the full rehabilitation of the 21 girls, their kids and others still in captivity whose release we are eagerly anticipating.”