Primary and Secondary Schools Children in Enugu State praying for the release of the abducted Chibok girls, during the Children’s Day celebration in Enugu

Primary and Secondary Schools Children in Enugu State praying for the release of the abducted Chibok girls, during the Children’s Day celebration in Enugu

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The Buhari Media Support Group, BMSG has appealed to the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy Group to put off its proposed demonstration to the Presidential Villa in Abuja to avoid needless complications and anything capable of undermining the efforts of the government to rescue the girls safely and unharmed.

The pro-Buhari group said in a statement in Abuja on Saturday that playing politics with the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls is unhelpful and needlessly embarrassing to the government and counterproductive to the silent efforts of the military to rescue the girls.

The BMSG says the government takes serious exception to the mobilisation of the parents of the kidnapped girls to score political advantage, or exploiting tragedy in order to play to the gallery.

It said dragging the parents of the victims to Abuja for endless demonstrations would only compound a bad situation, and afflict the parents needlessly by giving them the impression that a rescue mission is as simple as ABC.

According the BMSG, the Bring Back Our  Girls Group should not claim  monopoly of patriotism and humanity over the government by seeking to undermine the silent efforts of the military to map out strategies to safely rescue the girls.

The group explained that if there was a formula for rescuing the girls within 24 hours unharmed, the government would have launched such effort, but reminded the  Bring Back Our Girls group of the complexities and sensitivity of hostage rescue missions.

It added that the terrorists have no rules of engagement and therefore, would not mind killing all the hostages if the Nigerian military attempts any rash action.

The BMSG advised the Bring Back Our Girls agitators not to blackmail and stampede the government into doing something foolish, which might lead to the large-scale deaths of the hostages, because their captors have no regard for the sanctity of life.

The Pro-Buhari group explained further that any rescue attempt that leaves the kidnapped girls dead would not be worth it, adding that members of our armed forces are trained professionals who understand the risks of reckless rescue efforts.

“Our armed forces have been working hard on plans and strategies of how to rescue the girls but don’t have to publicise their plans because absolute secrecy is needed.

” The primary objective of any rescue mission is to get the hostages alive and unharmed, and therefore, advised the Bring Back Our Girls Group to support the government in its efforts to deal with the challenge rationally.”

The BMSG said it rejects efforts by the Bring Back Our Girls group to portray the government as insensitive or inhuman because it didn’t act incautiously according their idealistic theories of easy rescue mission.

According to them,  if a reckless rescue effort results in disaster for hostages, the advocacy group would be the first to crucify the government for sacrificing the lives of the girls.

It explained that the recent Boko Haram video clip was a propaganda effort to force the government surrender to terrorists and release their members in custody.

The BMSG warned that any protest by the group in Abuja would only advance the propaganda agenda of the Boko Haram bandits and undermine the morale of members of the armed forces.

it then advised the Bring Back Our Girls group to be constructive and objective by also recognising the efforts that resulted in the rescue of thousands of other Nigerian victims that were taken hostage by the terrorists.