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The Medical Consultants Association of Nigeria has called for stiffer disciplinary action against anyone found to have aided in the abduction of the over 200 girls of Government Girls' Secondary School Chibok, Borno State by members of the Boko Haram sect.
A statement made available to journalists in Abuja by the association’s President, Dr. Steven Oluwole, described as alarming Boko Haram’s renewed attacks on the country’s capital and condemned what he termed as the “worrisome attitude of government resolve” in rescuing the abducted school girls.
According to the statement, the notion that the military needs to recruit to defeat Boko Haram was divisionary.
“The Nigeria Armed Forces—Army, Navy and Air force, can hardly be described as inadequate to handle a couple of hundreds or thousand members of this sect. Any flat-footedness needs adequate explanation.
“Who is really in charge? All perpetrators who connive to make the Boko Haram operation successful should be identified, but that will not rescue the girls,” the statement said.
Oluwole observed with dismay the inability of government to rescue the girls, weeks after they were abducted, saying: “Were Nigeria a country in Europe, what would the government have done? There will be no tardiness or excuses. The buck would have stopped with prime minister and military chiefs would not have been immune as business of government would not have been as usual until the problem was blown away.
“This is Nigeria where government’s inconsistent approach to sensitive issues only ridicules the country in the eyes of the world.”
He however said the implication of the long incarceration of the abducted girls in the Boko Haram den should be taking seriously as this would have a toll on their health. “These girls could be taken from severe anxiety, intense fear, hyper vigilance, exaggerated startle response, restlessness, headaches, sleep impairment, nightmares, palpitation, elevation of blood pressure, muscle aches, gastrointestinal complaints, chest pain and several others.
“Long term effects include tension type, migraines, hypertension, myocardial infarctions, asthma, peptic ulcers, skin lesions, diabetes mellitus, depression, arthritis, accelerated aging, memory failure, infections and poor sleep.
“More threats have been issued by the sect. It is certainly foolhardy to ignore or assume the sect lacks the will or capability to make good its threat. Government should be more proactive in the fight against terrorism,” Oluwole emphasised.