The Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has written to the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, pleading with him to intervene in the release of 348 students held in captivity by bandits.
As DAILY POST earlier reported, the group, led by Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., had given the Buhari government a 7-day ultimatum to get the 348 students, who were abducted in Niger, Kebbi, and Kaduna states released.
Since the ultimatum, two of the students have regained freedom, while many are still in captivity.
In the letter, a copy of which was made available to DAILY POST, CAGG’s Coordinator, Bamgbose explained that their concern was about the safety and security of the students, who are just victims of circumstances
CAGG said it has decided to take the bull by the horn to ensure that the students regain their freedom in a matter of a few weeks, adding that it won’t allow the case to end like that of the Chibok girls.
The group added in the letter, “It’s no longer news that 348 students were abducted by the bandits in Niger, Kebbi and Kaduna States in Nigeria
We are passionately concerned about the welfare of these innocent and hapless students who are victims of circumstances.
“We fear what the young female ones among the abductees will be passing through on daily basis.One cannot rule our daily sexual abuse of the female students among them.
“This is a gross abuse of their rights.We therefore passionately appeal to you that you use your good offices to magnanimously get these hapless students out of captivity.We seriously count on you to secure their release from captivity.”
Speaking further in an interview with DAILY POST, Bamgbose said, “We shall go any length to ensure they are released from captivity. There is no going back on this. because we are prepared to assist in securing their release from the abductors.
The truth is that, if these abducted students were children of Ministers, Senators, I am sure they would have been freed by now.
“One can’t imagine what the female ones are passing through in captivity. One cannot also rule out daily sexual molestations of the females among the abductees.
“He has to intervene on humanitarian grounds. This is an issue that the international community should look into.
“As earlier said, we won’t leave any stone unturned to ensure they regain their freedom. We can equally inform Nigerians authoritatively that we shall have a crucial meeting with the parents of the abducted students in Kaduna this weekend
All hands must be on deck to secure the freedom of these abducted students. We won’t give up on them. We shall also expect the parents of the abducted students to pray and fast along with us on the 26th day of this month.
“We are very optimistic that the students will soon regain their freedom. These students are our future generation. We won’t allow the bandits to waste them or discourage them from pursuing their dreams in life. We shall explore all lawful means to ensure they are set free in a short while.”