Heartbreaking news was delivered to the families of the 219 still-missing schoolgirls in Nigeria, when it was reported that Nigerian officials have wrapped up their investigation after little progress was made since the abduction occurred in April.
According to Reuters, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo submitted the final report of the case on Friday. The report states that 219 girls are still captive under Islamic militant group Boko Haram. With previous kidnappings by the group ending in bloodshed, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s approach to finding the girls was a long and grueling process, with little to show during the past three months.
The government’s failure to rescue the girls, or protect them before their abduction, has become a political liability for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of elections next year.
“We are … pained that the schoolgirls remain in captivity,” Sabo said in a statement. “The hostage situation that this represents is obviously delicate.”
Sabo continued to defend the President and maintains that more will be done after media attention lessens.
“For the Chibok schoolgirls, little will be achieved through finger-pointing,” he said in his statement. “Getting the girls out, and safely, too, is by far more important than the publicity generated by the blame game that has tended to becloud the issue.”
There were some girls who managed to escape the kidnapping from the militant group – 57 Nigerian girls have been reunited with their families.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the remaining girls who are still enslaved by their captors.
SOURCE: Reuters | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc.