Absence Of Credible Intelligence On Chibok Girls Doesn’t Mean Military’s “Sleeping”, Says DHQ
The Defence Headquarters has said the absence of credible intelligence on the abducted Chibok girls should not be misconstrued as failure on the part of the Nigerian Military.
This is just as it said the readiness of the federal government to open dialogue with Boko Haram Terrorists will not deter the military from sustaining the onslaught against the sect.
The Chibok girls refers to the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram from their hostels at a government-owned secondary school in Borno State, nearly two years ago.
Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, and monitored by our correspondent, Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General Rabe Abubakar, also said the Nigerian Armed Forces was doing all in its power to liberate everyone held captive by the terrorists.
“We have not failed. The Nigerian Army and the Air Force are putting in their best to release every person from the hands of Boko Haram.
“Recently, we saved hundreds of people from the Boko Haram. I assure Nigerians that since we were able to save those numbers, we would, by the Grace of God, save Chibok and others, from the hands of Boko Haram, as this fight continues”, he said.
He stressed the “fact that we could not yet establish intelligence on the Chibok girls, does not mean we are sleeping”.
“Any effort (for negotiation) would not deter us from doing our work. And we are doing everything possible to bring this fight to an end”, he said.
The defence spokesman emphasized that the military’s main preoccupation is to save the country and bring the insurgency to an end even when such discussions were opened by the federal government.