The Nigerian military has vowed not to reveal the whereabouts of the remaining Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram members. This is great news if they really know where the girls are.
According to The Nation, Acting Director of Defence Information, Defence Headquarters, Abuja Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar yesterday gave the military’s position.
Over 200 pupils of Chibok Secondary School were abducted from their school in Borno State in April 2014.
Thirty of them have regained freedom since last year. But the remaining are still in captivity.
Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest, where it was believed the girls were kept, was recently seized and destroyed by troops.
Brig.-Gen. Abubakar, who spoke with reporters in Port Harcourt yesterday, said: “Neither the military nor any security agency will give information on the Chibok girls in order not to jeopardise their safety.”
The acting director, who promised that the military would rescue the girls, insisted that “information on strategy to rescue them will never be disclosed”.
On Boko Haram, he said the terrorist group has been destroyed and its “members in disarray”.
He said the pockets of attacks being witnessed were carried out “by escapees”, stressing that “Boko Haram can never regroup as they did in Sambisa Forest.”
He said female suicide bombers were being drugged before being sent on suicide missions.
Brig.-Gen. Abubakar exonerated the military from partisanship, saying that any soldier found to be partisan would be ejected and if found wanting, he would be dismissed.
He urged the media to be cautious of national security in their reportage, advising that the media should always be guided by national interest.