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ICC Note: The parents of more than 200 girls still missing from Chibok, Nigeria after their April 2014 abduction are holding out hope that their daughters are alive and could be rescued. The group says hope rests in the knowledge that the girls remain alive, as far as reports have showed and that none have yet turned up dead. The comments come after former Nigerian President Olusegun Obansanjo doubted publicly that the girls could ever be found as he accused the Muhammadu Buhari government of lying that they could. Most of the missing girls are Christians, having been abducted in a pattern Islamist terrorists Boko Haram have regularly waged against the church in Nigeria, historically, targeting Christian communities, in particular for destruction and terror.

2/9/16 Chibok, Nigeria (AllAfrica) – Members of the Chibok community in Borno State yesterday faulted former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s declaration at the weekend that it was impossible for the Nigerian government to rescue the 219 missing schoolgirls nearly two years after Boko Haram insurgents took them away.

Obasanjo had argued that it was practically impossible for the military operatives, who failed to rescue the girls within 72 hours when there was a window of opportunity to do so, to now perform magic after the girls had spent nearly two years in captivity.

But in a swift reaction to the former president’s statement, some leaders of Chibok community said Obasanjo was entitled to his opinion on the matter.

One the Chibok leaders, who spoke to LEADERSHIP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, said their belief in the possibility of rescuing the girls lives on in spite of the lack of information about the girls since their abduction on April 14, 2014.

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