President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, explained why the Chibok girls ought to be rescued before May 27.
Some northern leaders and two other groups are against the US help, saying they are going to be reaching out to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau to secure the release of the abducted girls. What is your take on that?
This clearly shows that the northern leaders are not serious about the rescue of the girls. The Federal Government has not been able to rescue the girls despite the much acclaimed military might of Nigeria. Is it then wrong to seek help outside Nigeria?
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin
If the US can help get Abubakar Shekau who is the leader of Boko Haram, so be it. All efforts have failed, we have seen so many lies and conflicting reports. Sometimes ago the news was that he had been captured; at another time, they said he had been killed but the men will always come out and do more terrible things.
So, why will anyone or group be against US help to get Shekau? This implies that the northern leaders might not be worried about the insurgency.
On Shekau declaration that he is going to sell the Christians girls and marry off the Muslims among them and nobody can get him.
His declaration is very worrisome and disturbing. I am particularly disturbed by this declaration and I think some very quick action must be taken to stop him from doing it. I believe that if the girls are moved and sold out it might be difficult to rescue and bring them back. So I want efforts intensified from the Nigerian government and the international community.
Children’s Day is around the corner. How do we plan for the celebration without the children?
I do not think we have anything to celebrate for children on their day if the kidnapped girls are not back before then. May 27, 2014 should be a day to call for national action on the security and safety of our children.