Thursday, 4 December 2014

Chibok Girls, Boko Haram Insurgency:Count Us Out Of Your Problems – Chadian Ambassador

Abducted Chibok School Girls
The Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Issa Brahim, yesterday, told the #BringBackOurGirls group to count his country out of the abduction of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls and the insecurity currently rocking Nigeria as the Chadian government had no connections to any of these issues.

The ambassador, who stated this when the BBOG led a peaceful protest to his embassy to ascertain the country’s connection with Boko Haram, said if there was any person that should be held responsible for this problems, it should be the Nigeria government which had repeatedly claimed to know where these girls are kept.

Ambassador Brahim also noted that, unlike Nigeria, the republic of Chad has no fear of Boko Haram because their ways of practising Islam is different from that of Nigerians.

When the Ambassador was queried on the alleged report of the botched ceasefire deal, which was celebrated across the country and handled by the Chadian President, Idriss Déby and the report that Mr Mahamat Bichara Gnoti, a close associate of the Chadian President, was reported to have been apprehended on the Chadian-Sudan border with 19 SAM2 missiles he allegedly purchased from the Sudanese army for Boko Haram terrorists.

An online media, Saharareporters, had quoted a Cameroonian investigative journalist, Bisong Etahoben, via his Twitter, that Mr Gnoti had claimed that President Idriss Déby gave him “the funds to purchase the weapons, waved a presidential pass issued to him by Mr Deby’s office in order to get past border guards, but was stopped and searched by the guards who found the deadly weapons on him.”

The ambassador noted that he only read about them in the pages of newspapers just like other persons.
He, however, said that the Chadian government had notting to do with Boko Haram as the country was part of the. France meeting and another meeting held in Nigeria and other parts of Africa, where the solution on how to tackle Boko Haram were agreed up on.

The BBOG, however, charged the ambassador, who obviously seems not to know much about the happenings between his country and Nigeria, and claimed to be reading from the newspapers like ordinary citizens, to forward their unanswered questions back to his president as the group will not relent until the girls are rescued and peace returned to Nigeria.

Last week, the planned protest of the #BringBackOurGirlsgroup to the Chadian Embassy was scuttled by the officials of the embassy, who said they had security a meeting to attend to and, hence, cannot find time to meet with the group.

Yesterday, the group was given a hostile reception from one Dr Mohammed, who claimed to be the deputy ambassador.

The BBOG was concerned about why the government of Chad has always been fingered in negative aspect in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

While making the case against the Chadian government, the BBOG had noted that with the abortive ceasefire deal, the Nigeria government and the Nigeria people relaxed and put their trust on the Chadian president, only for the Boko Haram take advantage of the lull to strike and capture more towns and fail to release the Chibok girls.

A total of 219 out of the 276 school girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, seven months ago are still missing, and the insurgency seems to be going on unabated.

Leadership Newspaper