Stakeholders Demand Probe Of Funds To Chibok Girls’ Families

Stakeholders have demand­ed accountability from the government on the funds allocated to the families of the abducted Chiboks girls.

They also charged the me­dia to keep issues surrounding the abduction of Chibok girls on the front burner as constant reminders to the authorities.

The call was made in Abu­ja on Saturday during the screening of the documenta­ry “Nine Years: Life after the Chibok Abduction”, produced by Women Radio.

The documentary featured an abducted girl, parents and siblings of some of the abducted girls who lament­ed the inconsistency of the government in reaching out to them. The documentary showed that about 37 parents have died largely because of trauma caused by the abduc­tion of their children.

The panelists called on Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari to use the federal government might to bring the girls back.

In her submission, Bukky Shonibare, Executive Direc­tor of Invictus Africa, urged the media to leverage their visibility around the nine-point agenda of Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement in demanding accountability from the government.

Shoni­bare urged the media to “beam the spotlight on the funds allo­cated for the families and how they should be expended and the need for continuity on the Safe School Initiative.”

Hamzat Lawal, CEO, Con­nected Development (CODE), urged members of the media not to abandon the girls but should continue to give regu­lar reportage of the abducted girls, “As a society, the media sets the tone for governance and continuity of engage­ment. I believe this is an op­portunity with the ongoing transition and important that we use this to set an agenda for the incoming government on security,” she stated.