Abuja- The Bring Back our Girls Group has called for enhanced collaboration between the governments of Nigeria and Chad in fighting insurgency and ensuring the safe return of the kidnapped Chibok girls.
The group made the call when it took its protests to the Chadian Embassy in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a representative of the embassy, who identified himself only as Mr Mohammed, the Deputy Ambassador, urged the group to disperse assuring that the embassy would get back to them.
NAN also reports that after the group explained that they had written to the embassy earlier on, five members from the group were invited to speak with the ambassador.
Attempts made to speak with the ambassador were, however, declined.
After meeting the ambassador, Ms Aisha Yesufa, Coordinator, Daily Sit-out of the group, briefed other members of the group.
She said that the group was at the embassy to make inquiries about the involvement of the Chadian Government in the botched ceasefire with the Boko Haram.
Yesufa noted that the group asked several questions on the efforts of the Chadian Government to strengthen cross border security and curb insurgency.
“ We asked what the Chadian Government was doing to dissuade youths from being brainwashed into insurgency, and he assured that there would not be anything like that in Chad.
“But we made him understand that both governments needed to work together and be more proactive in their approach, and not make assumptions.
“He also assured us that the Chadian borders were well controlled and there was the joint task force they had with Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
“We asked for specifics and he assured us that whatever went through the borders were effectively monitored,” she said.
The 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno on April 14 by the Boko Haram insurgents.
On Oct. 17, hopes were raised that the 219 remaining girls might soon be released after the Nigerian army announced a truce between Boko Haram and government forces.
After the kidnapping, civil society groups and the international community have since campaigned for the release of the girls. (NAN)