Chibok girls: Rights group laments government failure to provide secure education 


As the country observes the 10th year anniversary of the abduction of Chibok girls, a non-governmental organisation, Global Rights, has expressed concerns over failure of the federal government to provide free and secure education for citizens.

The Executive Director of the group, Abiodun Baiyewu, in a press statement issued Monday said there was no reason why 15 million Nigerian children should be out of school. 

Baiyewu said the federal government has sufficient fund for the Safe Schools Initiative; what it lacks however is the political will to do so. 

“It must account for this fund and its failure to invest in the nation’s greatest assets for the future,” the statement said.

Baiyewu called for comprehensive support and assistance to victims of abduction and their families. 

She said the efforts should include psychological support, access to healthcare and educational opportunities.

She called for accountability for the remaining 91 Chibok girls and other students across the country held in captivity by terrorist groups by dedicating resources and efforts to locate and rescue them. 

“As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Chibok girls, it is pertinent that we collectively renew our commitment to ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, has the opportunity to fulfill his or her right to education in a safe and nurturing environment.

“Data by Nigeria Mourns informs us that in 2023, for instance, at least 372 people were reported to have been kidnapped. The kidnapping of the Chibok students continues to be emblematic of the disturbing pattern of insecurity and impunity that has plagued Nigeria for far too long.