On Tuesday the Senate pleaded with all the parties in the negotiation that enhanced the release of 21 of the Chibok girls to make sure that other hostages in Boko Haram’s captivity were released like other victims that are Chibok girls.
Senator Ali Ndume, leader of the Senate, who throw the mather on the floor of the Senate during Tuesday’s plenary, said no less than 1,000 persons were being on hostage by Boko Haram
Senator Ali Ndume said:
“The 219 girls are not the only girls that were abducted. Their (exact) number is not known but there are more than 1,000 of them, I can bet on that. Some of them have gone unnoticed; some of them are missing; some of them, only God knows where they are and in what condition they have found themselves.
“I want to thank you on behalf of Chibok people and to beg you to continue to stand by them because these girls and the people of Borno and the North-East, generally, need Nigerians more than ever before.”
Senator Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti-South), who supported Ndume’s motion and said:
“Like the Senate Leader said, there are so many other girls who have gone unnoticed and are still there in Sambisa and elsewhere. We believe that they should not be left to their fates. And it is not only the Chibok girls that are most important but all Nigerians that have been captured by the Boko Haram.
“The time has come for the government to also come out and tell us about what is going on and how far we have gone with Boko Haram. Every day we hear ‘we have conquered’ and the next day there is a bomb blast; there is daily escalation. We need to know where we are. Nigerians need information.”
“We need to know that those girls are not going back into captivity because they are going back to Chibok. If Chibok is still not safe, it is something we also need to think about.”
“As women, we are saying our children should never be caught up in such a thing again.”
“We pray that as we stand, as girls, not only in the kitchen but in the Senate and every important place, the men will support us to achieve our goals and be able to aspire to be whatever we want to be in Nigeria.”