The former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has on Thursday, April 14, accused the controversial Senator Dino Melaye, and leaders within the All Progressives Congress, APC, for allegedly cashing in on the abduction of the Chibok school girls to feather their political nest.
Akpabio’s allegations came on the heels of Senator Melaye’s statements during the senate plenary saying that the Federal Government cannot have claimed to have succeeded, until the missing girls have been rescued.
On the night of 14 April 2014, more than 200 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State.
Since then hopes were raised on various occasions that the girls might be released, but two years later all attempts had failed.
Reports indicate that Boko Haram was hoping to use the girls as negotiating pawns in exchange for some of their commanders in jail.
Akpabio who is also the Senate Minority Leader, while speaking said the likes of Melaye and some top members of the APC used the Chibok girls saga to win their elections.
“I wonder why those who led protests against the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to rescue the girls have suddenly kept mum,” Senator Akpabio questioned.
“We cannot succeed as a government until those girls are released. Getting back the over 200 Chibok school girls into the society is important and a must for our security agencies,” he said.
Other senators who supported the motion, called on the federal government to go beyond the yearly ritual of celebrating the anniversary of the abduction. They called on the government to explore every available avenue to ensure that the girls are rescued.
Adopting the prayers of the motion, the senate mandated security agencies to do “everything humanly possible to ensure the release of the girls.”
They unanimously resolved that the National Security Adviser, NSA, and all the service chiefs be invited to brief the senate in a closed door session on their efforts so far at recovering the abducted girls.