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Alele Williams: Boko Haram have powerful arms than Nigerian military

Nigeria’s first female vice-chancellor, Grace Alele-Williams has slammed the Nigerian army for playing games with the remaining Chibok girls held captive by Boko Haram insurgents. She also said Boko Haram insurgents have sophisticated weapons than the Nigerian military.

Three years ago, Boko Haram insurgents stormed Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, and whisked away 276 students. While 57 escaped, three were found, and 21 released after a deal the government struck with the sect, leaving a total of 195 still in their custody.

Speaking on Friday during the first inaugural lecture of Chibok girls in Abuja, Alele-Williams told the military to be more serious in its bid to free the captives and stop playing politics with people’s lives.


The story of the Chibok girls nowadays is now something that has become a game. We are more interested in other things,” she said.

Our troops are not using correct arms. I am told that we have arms that are less powerful than those used by the insurgents. 
Many of our soldiers have gone to other parts of West Africa. We see that we have very good soldiers who can work out things in other places, but why are the less powerful ones sent to rescue Chibok girls? 
Why can’t they send well-equipped soldiers to go out and bring back our girls and clean the hearts of their weeping mothers.

She accused the leadership of the military of not showing enough interest in the plight of the victims.

We have an army where directors and those who give orders sit back in Abuja and send less powerful ones who to the field,  she said. 
We even make pacts with other African countries and say we are going to do this and that but we have not been able to do so, which makes us a laughing stock.

Meanwhile, a group, under the aegis of Chibok Ambassadors, has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is not committed towards securing the release of the remaining 195 girls in captivity.

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