The #BringBackOurGirls group released a statement this week asking the military to show verifiable evidence of its victories in the North East zone, where the military have been announcing some of its recent victories against the Boko Haram sect.
The demand of the group has however not gone down well with the military which has accused the group of deliberately turning a blind eye to the evidences being presented.
The defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, said in an interview that “It seems that it is only the so-called #BringBackOurGirls group that has not seen all the pictures that accompany the recent DHQ press statements on the war against terror. We think the group should try and check properly. The vast majority of well meaning Nigerians appreciates the efforts and sacrifice of their Military. We are humbled by their continuous show of support, solidarity and encouragement as we battle not only to free our girls but to stamp out terrorism in our dear country.”
Meanwhile, the recent victories of the military have been applauded by a cross section of Nigerians who are pleased with the news coming from the soldiers confronting the sect.
Some social media users who expressed their joy over the military victories, were not very pleased with the comments of the #BringBackOurGirls group, and one of its initiators, Obiageli Ezekwesili. They argued that the demand of the group was an indicator that “some people are not happy that the government is winning the war against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East part of the country as it jeopardizes their main campaign against President Jonathan’s government.”
Barrister Uche Uke who spoke to an Abuja based paper said it was sad that the group could make such request at a time when the Military was gaining grounds.
“This is incredulous. I think free speech is being taken too far by these people with their demands. It is a shame they have not rallied against Boko Haram rather against the government. They are traitors in short,” said Uke.
Another respondent who spoke to the paper, Meje Apanmiran, said, “President Jonathan remains my president at this time, the opposition should go and find another campaign issue as their Boko Haram campaign issue an attacks on the government and the Military no longer holds water. Nigerians are not fools.”