President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has said the authorities didn’t know the location of the school girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents 3 weeks ago in Chibok, Borno State.
The president made this statement on Sunday while speaking at the Presidential Media Chat held in Abuja.
It would be recalled that more than 200 girls were abducted from Governmental Girls’ Secondary School on April 14.
While some of them managed to escape, the majority are still missing. Information has surfaced that they might have been relocated to the neighbouring countries.
Specifically, when Jonathan was asked whether the Federal Government knows where the kidnap victims are, the country leader responded:
“All the information that have been volunteered to us (about their location, we’ve used) and we have searched the places. We are using aircraft – helicopters and planes – that have the ability to scan and see what is on the surface. And we have scanned, but we have nothing.”
President also answered “No” to the question whether the authorities were conducting negotiations with the abductors in terms of possible release of the children.
According to Jonathan, “you can’t negotiate with somebody you don’t know; nobody has claimed knowledge of the abduction. Even on the social media that the Boko Haram uses to show what they have done…”
Urging the victims’ parents and the girls guardians to cooperate with police and security representatives, Jonathan promised to bring the girls back:
“We are pleading that they should cooperate with the government. We need the identity of these girls and wherever they are, we are talking to all the neighbouring countries – Cameroon, Chad and Benin Republic, as well as some countries in North Africa – so that wherever they take these girls, we will get them back if we get the maximum cooperation of the parents and guardians.”
Additionally, the President called the state of emergency imposed in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states “effective” saying:
“Terrorism is not a phenomenon that a state of emergency of one month, six months and one year will solve; except occasional terror. We are consulting the security and relevant people and when we need to extend, we will extend it (state of emergency) because I believe that we are succeeding.”