By Felix Onuah
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria has wrapped up its inquiry into the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by militants with little progress to show, reporting almost none had been freed after the initial kidnapping some girls escaped from.
The final reportrevealed 219 girls remained at large, a total virtually unchanged since Boko Haram militants stormed their secondary school in northeast Borno state on April 14 to kidnap them.
A total of 57 girls, almost all of whom escaped shortly after the abduction, have been reunited with their families. The kidnapping of the teenage girls taking exams in Chibok village sparked global outrage for its sheer barbarity.
The government’s failure to rescue the girls, or protect them before their abduction, has become a political liability for President Goodluck Jonathan ahead of elections next year.
The Chibok kidnapping and other increasingly bloody attacks by Boko Haram have underscored Abuja’s inability to stamp out the militant group, which aims to carve out a radical Islamist state in the mostly Muslim north.
In what could raise the ire of Jonathan’s critics, Sabo recommended the findings of the fact-finding group appointed by the president remain confidential for national security reasons.