Christian Forum Releases Names of Girls Abducted by Boko Haram

A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted, many still in the hands of captors
A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted, many still in the hands of captors

The Northern States Christian Elders Forum, an affiliate of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released the names of the female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, abducted and held captive by members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect for over two weeks.

The forum said that 180 of the girls abducted on April 14 are Christians.

The immediate past chairman of the Forum and President of Old Time Revival Hour based in Kaduna, Rev. Mathew Owojaiye, who released the list to Channels Television on Sunday, said 90 per cent of the abducted girls are Christians and therefore questioned why the Boko Haram militants targeted only schools in Chibok Local Government, which is predominantly a Christian community.

The forum however demanded a 50 million Naira compensation for each of the students.

The organisation said apart from the 50 million Naira damage as trauma compensation to each of the girls, the government must also take each of them to universities abroad on government scholarship by September 2014, while also demanding for the immediate transfer of SS1 and SS2 girls from schools in Chibok to schools of their choice, the cost of which must be borne by the government.

While enjoining Nigerians to pray and raise their voices to high heavens over the incident, the Northern Christian elders also called on the Federal Government to live up to its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives and properties of the citizenry.

Click here to view list of girls.

SOURCE: Channels

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