The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has stated that the military should apologize to Nigerians over its gaffe on its alleged rescue of over 100 female students abducted in Borno state.
A statement sent to our reporter by its spokesman, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said, “The Nigerian Army claimed on Wednesday 16th April, 2014 that it had rescued 107 out of the 129 girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. To the dismay of Nigerians, the school principal, Mrs. Asabe Kwambura, denied the report of such rescue operation. Officials of Borno State Government corroborated the denial. An embarrassed Nigerian military quickly retracted its story on Thursday, 17th April, 2014.”
MURIC added only in Nigeria that such confusion is condoned; noting that the abduction of girls in their school is a tremendous setback for girl-child education and it should have been treated with more seriousness and high manifestation of professionalism.
“MURIC demands public apology from the military for feeding Nigerians with false hope, deepening their despair and causing them immense emotional trauma. We call for immediate commencement of a probe into the military Chibok abracadabra. We charge the defence committees of the National Assembly to perform their oversight function in this matter without any delay. Who filed in the report from the field? Who received the signal? Who transmitted it and who gave the order for its dissemination to the public? Nigerians have the right to know.”