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In a statement Monday, Nigeria’s Northern Elders Forum (NEF) threatened to “sink” the sitting Jonathan administration should it fail to return more than 240 predominantly Christian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram by the upcoming national elections scheduled for February of next year. On April 14, Boko Haram raided the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria, abducting more than 300 girls, some of whom have been sold as child brides, forcibly converted to Islam and subjected to lifetimes of sexual and domestic servitude. Learn everything you need to know about Boko Haram’s heinous schoolgirl abductions, here.

08/12/2014 Nigeria (Sahara Reporters) – The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said on Monday that President Goodluck Jonathan should forget about being considered for the presidency in 2015 if he fails to produce the Chibok secondary school students kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect in April.

In their position statement, signed by Barrister Solomon Dalung and Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, the group NEF underlined that it does not believe that the Nigerian military cannot defeat the terrorists, and that it feels the conflicts in the country are simply being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically

“We also reject the notion that multiple internal security challenges such as attacks on villages, ethno-religions conflicts and banditry springing up by the day in many parts of the north are all a coincidence,” the statement said.  “Indeed, we are convinced that most of these conflicts are being engineered to weaken the North politically and economically by interests which intend to exploit such weaknesses for electoral benefits.”

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