Boko Haram kept Chibok girls in houses and taught them how to recite scriptures. The girls were used for political rivalry – Community leader

National Coordinator of Gwoza Christain Community Association (GCCA), Ayuba Bassa has recounted how the 276 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists were divided into groups, kept in houses, and taught how to recite the scriptures.

In an interview with newsmen on Thursday, April 15, a day after some parents of the abducted schoolgirls and activists marked the 7th year of the remaining 112 girls still being in captivity, Bassa said the memory of the abduction remains fresh in the memory of many Gwoza residents who watched helplessly as the insurgents moved the girls from one location to another.

He further stresses that many are disappointed over unfulfilled promises that the girls will be rescued soon. Bassa said;

“I could picture when the abduction earlier happened. Most of the people within the Gwoza settlement then will tell you the houses where the girls were divided into and kept. Those Chibok girls were in Gwoza for more than four weeks and were being taught how to recite the scriptures.

“So, if you go to Gwoza the memory is still fresh. They will tell you it is this house and this house that they were being kept. I can point like two houses they were kept and the routes they passed.

“So many residents feel if the government had made enough efforts to know that the girls were kept in house number one and house number two, the girls would have been rescued.”

Bassa also said that Gworza residents believe Chibok abduction was used to frustrate Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.

He added; 

“Even if you go to Gwoza today, ask anybody, they will tell you, the girls were used for political rivalry.”

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