The Senate has urged all parties in the negotiation that led to the release of 21 of the Chibok school girls to ensure that others still in Boko Haram’s captivity are rescued.
The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, while thanking those who negotiated the release of the 21Chibok school girls, said the large number of abductions by the sect were not reported, adding that the negotiators should look beyond the Chibok school girls to rescue more victims.
The Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, who raised the matter on the floor of the Senate during Tuesday’s plenary, argued that no fewer than 1000 persons might still be in Boko Haram’s captivity.
“The 219 girls are not the only girls that were abducted. Their number is not known but there are more than 1000 of them, I can bet on that. Some of them have gone unnoticed; some of them are missing; some of them, only God knows where they are and in what condition they have found themselves.”
Senator Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South), who supported Ndume’s motion, called on all stakeholders to work towards securing the release of all abductees.
She said: “Like the Leader said, there are several other girls who have gone unnoticed and are still there in Sambisa (Forest) and elsewhere. We believe that they should not be left to their fate. And it is not only the Chibok (school) girls that are most important but all Nigerians that have been captured by Boko Haram.