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Case of Chibok girls cannot be swept under the carpet – CAN

…Calls for release of remaining girls

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has affirmed that the case of the remaining Chibok girls kidnapped 10 years ago from Chibok, Borno State is one that cannot be swept under the carpet.

 

A statement signed by the National Director for Education, Youth, and Women Development in CAN, Dean Rev. Ozumba Emmanuel Nicodemus on Saturday, called for the release of the remaining Chibok girls.

The statement further said the incident represents a horrific tragedy that has left an indelible mark on the nation’s conscience.

“The trauma experienced by the 276 abducted girls from Nigeria is unimaginable. The pain and anguish felt by their parents, who have endured sleepless nights filled with hopelessness, are deeply felt by CAN.

“We cannot remain silent while their children remain in captivity, yearning for freedom and reunion with their families,” the statement said.

CAN, however, reiterated its demand for the government to intensify efforts and take decisive action to rescue the remaining children still held hostage.

The Christian apex body said it is the duty of Nigeria to ensure their safe return and to bring an end to the anguish and suffering endured by these innocent young girls and their families.

It called on the government to mobilize all available resources, engage relevant security agencies, and collaborate with international partners to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls without delay.

“This is not only a matter of national importance but also a test of our commitment to upholding the rights and safety of our citizens, particularly the most vulnerable among us.

“Furthermore, we implore the international community, humanitarian organizations, and well-meaning individuals to join hands with CAN in advocating for the release of the Chibok girls. Together, we can amplify our voices and exert greater pressure on the abductors to bring an end to this prolonged ordeal.

“CAN remains resolute in its commitment to seeking justice and ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls. We will continue to engage with relevant stakeholders and utilize all available avenues to shed light on their plight and secure their release.

“We urge all Nigerians to stand united, to lend their voices, and to demand immediate action from the government. Let us show our unwavering support for the families of the Chibok girls and demonstrate our collective determination to bring them back home to reunite with their families,” the statement added.

 

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