FORMER vice presidential candidate and Save Nigeria Group convener Pastor Tunde Bakare has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to threaten war with Cameroon, Chad and Niger if they do not produce the 234 girls abducted from Borno State within 10 days.
On April 14, 234 pupils were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State. They have since been taken to unknown locations amid rumours that some of the girls have been ferried across Nigeria's border to neighbouring countries where they have been married off to Boko Haram fighters.
With rumours rife that some of the girls have not only been forced into marriages but repeatedly raped, Pastor Bakare has told President Jonathan to hold Nigeria's neighbours responsible for their plight. Speaking during a service at his Latter Rain Assembly church in Lagos, Pastor Bakare said the government needs to take action in the light of reports, which indicated that the missing girls had been taken across the Nigerian border.
Pastor Bakare added: “I want to see the president of our country sending ambassadors of peace and war to Chad, to Cameroon, to Niger Republic, to say that this is the report we are hearing. Our borders are porous and now our children are abducted and we understand they are in your territory.
“We ask you within 10 days to fish them out, whether there is international law or no international law. We will show you we are the big brothers in West Africa and we are coming against you if you don’t fish them out."
Reacting to a statement credited to the president’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, that she would lead a march if the girls were not found, Pastor Bakare said that military action and not protest, would solve the problem. He also condemned President Jonathan for giving his adopted daughter a state wedding when the missing girls had not been found.
“Dame Patience Jonathan said she was ready to march the streets to get our girls back. You don’t get them back by marching on the streets, you get them back by telling those nations that we are coming for you,” Pastor Bakare said.
Also, Pastor Bakare called on the president to bring to book those in the armed forces who were in the habit of lying to the nation. He added that some people had originally told the country that the girls had been recovered and only eight were in custody.