The Northern Christian Youth Professionals have petitioned President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to strive toward the liberation of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls.
The request comes nine years after 276 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, were kidnapped by the notorious Boko Haram extremists on April 14, 2014.
Political leaders and campaigners had pressed former President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the girls, and the world community had expressed indignation and condemned the abduction in the media.
Despite promises made by the Goodluck Jonathan led presidency and the Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), led administration, approximately 100 of the girls are still unaccounted for.
According to Amnesty International, there are currently 98 pupils being held hostage by the extreme Islamic cult.
In a statement released in Abuja on Friday, chairman of Northern Christian Youth Professionals,Isaac Abrak, expressed solidarity with Nigerians and the international community on the ninth anniversary of the kidnapping of the schoolgirls.
Abrak said, “We remember the pain and trauma that the families and loved ones of the abducted girls have had to endure over the years. Our hearts go out to them on this solemn occasion.
“We commend the outgoing government of President Muhammadu Buhari for securing the release of some of the Chibok girls, but we urge the incoming government, led by Bola Ahmed Tinubu to prioritise the safe return of the remaining girls from Boko Haram captivity.
“We also urge the incoming government to strengthen security in schools, particularly in Northern Nigeria, to prevent the continued abduction of school children. The recent abduction of 10 school children in Awon community, Kachia Local Government Area in Kaduna State on the 4th of this month is a sad reminder that this problem is still with us,” Abrak sadly noted.
He stressed, “Protecting schools from terrorism will encourage education in the region, which will ultimately empower the minds of our children and youths to reject the falsehoods that foster terrorism in our country. This will naturally weaken and eventually defeat Boko Haram and other forms of terror in our land.