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#BringBackOurGirls: Northern Chapter of CAN releases theories on Chibok Abductions



BBC ChibokThe Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria has released their theories on the Chibok abductions.

The official statement was released yesterday Wednesday May 7th 2014 and signed by the Secretary-General of Northern CAN Prof. Daniel Babayi and the Public Relations Officer Sunday Oibe.

In addition to raising questions, the group have also listed calls to action specifically aimed at the Governor of the state.

Read below:

The position of Northern CAN on the abduction of female students in Chibok
Since the abduction of some female students in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State, Northern CAN has decided to be silent for some reasons. We have decided that we will make statements when we have all the facts of the matter. It may interest Nigerians to know that we have fundamental questions which demand one million answers:
1. Since the abduction of these girls over two weeks ago, has Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, constituted any panel of investigation with a view to making its report public?

2. How did the 353 female students disappear from the school into the thin air?

3. Why did the Borno State Commissioner for Education, Principal, Vice Principal and Chief Security Officer, all Muslims, ignore the valid advice of WAEC on the security implication of writing exams in the school and the need to have a centre where the children’s life will be secured?

4. How did Boko Haram carry over 200 students and their food stolen by these criminals from the school? Was it carried with trailer?

5. Why is it that since this issue came up, no single photograph of the abducted children was made public by the school authorities? After all, they were preparing for exams and may have submitted their photographs.

6. Where were the daughters of the Principal, Vice Principal and Chief Security Officer when the abduction took place?

We hope that this is not a political gimmick to carry out a political conspiracy against these daughters of Nigerians, future mothers of Nigeria and citizens who are wants to be leaders of tomorrow.
So these are the questions; we have done our investigations, we are begging the international community, we are begging the Federal Government of Nigeria and the press to ask these legitimate questions from the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO of the school because Chibok is a predominantly Christian area. What we are after is the safety and future of these children, whether they are Christians or Muslims or our enemies doesn’t matter. They are Nigerians, first and foremost.

Our (Northern CAN) positions are as follows:
1. The Governor and government of Borno State should and must as a matter of urgency stop playing politics with the lives of the children of other people. They should produce those children without delay because they know their whereabouts.

2. We demand an explanation from the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO of the school on what they did and what they did not do that led to the ferrying away of these innocent children who went to sit for an examination for the betterment of their tomorrow.

3. How come that the parents of these children have not been able to come out and say anything? Are they saying that these children are orphans and do not have parents? We demand an explanation because from our investigation, parents of these children are facing intimidation and threats from the government of Borno State. That is why they could not come out to speak; but they are nursing their pains in silence.

4. We also demand that the Federal Government and the international community should help us beg the Governor of Borno State to do everything within his powers to produce these children.

5. We also reject a situation where they will turn our daughters to be sex slaves of these criminals called Boko Haram members. We have it on good authority that some of these children are being raped 15 times a day. Some of these children are being compelled to be wives of these criminals. If you want to marry somebody’s daughter, you must seek the consent of her parents and not to ferry under-aged children and perpetrate a lot of havoc on them.

The abduction of these girls seems a resurrection of what the Christian communities in Northern Nigeria have been suffering for centuries in the hands of the Emirs and Imams regarding forceful conversion and abduction of Christian girls. Borno State government should be reminded that the fundamental human rights of these people should be respected and protected.

The Governor should provide immediate explanation because we know that some people want to sacrifice these children on the altar of politics. There is a limit to which Christians would tolerate all these abnormalities. We suspect a conspiracy among all of these characters including the Governor, Commissioner for Education, Principal and CSO since non of the daughters of the teachers and Principal were abducted; there is more to it and this is the position of Northern CAN.

If the aim of this Boko Haram attack was political instability and religious division; sadly, it seems as though they are succeeding.

Photo Credit: BBC


  1. Tetley

    May 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    is CAN still relevant after the bing-bling showcase from their president?

  2. joyce yaw

    May 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    i thought as much, where are the parents of these girls or their relations? and what is the Governor doing about this? and all other Northern Governors what are they doing concerning these menace. The problem we have in the North are their elites. these whole issues are conflicting.

  3. Jojo

    May 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    this is dangerous waters. Please no politics with the lives of children of people.
    Enough already. Just find the girls and talk later

  4. joyce yaw

    May 8, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Normally in Government schools,the principals live in the school premises and some teachers including the Hostel mistress, so why were they not abducted as well? and the girls that escaped where are they? and how come we read or know about about the 15 times rape? becos the boko haramist didn’t say so in their video. I SMELL RAT

    • stupidityslayer

      May 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Smell whatever you want, the girls are missing and that’s all that matters. Rather than trying to campaign for Jonathan, put your focus on the girls and demand for their release. That’s all!

  5. Yt

    May 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Who takes CAN serious these days? They’ve turned political.
    My submission and opinion:
    1. This matter is beyond the governor.
    2. The girls were never 353,
    3.the army were to provide security, government made an official application
    4.they should release photos so that when the girls are released and they grow up you would be stigmatizing them right. adding daughters of staff would make the story more credible right? What if they are not upto SS3 level?
    We nene to stop the politics and face the issue. After the girls have been released , we can the. Start a conspiracy session.

    • Ibinabo

      May 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Please give answers reasonably or kindly shut up!

    • Busarni

      May 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Shuuu; close that thing you call a mouth, did you read what you just typed and posted. Anuofia, if you don’t have anything good to contribute just shove it up your behind. Kai,

    • stupidityslayer

      May 8, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      I agree with you. We are all standing here asking foolish questions that lead to nowhere. Typical Nigerian behaviour. We love to water down major issues until it disappears rather than dealing with the issue head on. People think they are smart asking all these questions and all they are doing is exposing the stupidity of Nigerians. I am so sick and tired.

  6. Ada nnewi

    May 8, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Why do all the pro-govt supporters on the issue of bringing back this girls sound so moronic and uneducated e.g busarni, Joyce yaw and the defenders of dame patience. CAN has made a lot of contracting statements so far which makes it clear that they are being used as tools to encourage national disunity. Those calling the government of borno state should please look at the facts…Borno state has been under a state of emergency for months therefore the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the administrator of the state and should be questioned over the current insurgency in the state not the governor. I don’t see why the FG easily mobilized military troops into Lagos state over peaceful civilian protests on the fuel subsidy issue and are foot dragging in dealing with a terrorist organization that has killed hundreds of Nigerian citizens and is in the business of abducting young Nigerian Girls.

    • jcsgrl

      May 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Ada you’re actually wrong on who to pass the blame of this issue. Shettima not GEJ is the chief administrator and CSO for his state. He is responsible for the security and welfare of the citizens who voted him in. GEJ is to provide additional support should Shettima ask for it. After reading and reading so many articles and gathering info about this kidnapping, I’m beginning to see why Dame was crying. She is smelling a rat. Her husband should not be made the scapegoat for this crime. If you recall, Borno state was under emergency watch and schools were ordered to shut down. WAEC officials tendered letters to Borno governor urging him to close all the centers for the exam and have the students come to Maidugri where it was deemed to be safer to take the exam. The Gov ignored their request and exercised judgement assuring them that it was safe and they could go ahead and conduct the exam. Well we all know what the outcome of that decision was. so why isnt anyone blaming the governor? Do you also recall that BH members were found lodging in the governors lodge in Abuja. Make una clear eyes ooo…smth fishy is going on. We need to chook eye well well into that Governor and his aides. Why is his state the HQ for this insurgency? As much as I loathe CAN and its administration, I can’t help but think some of their theories might be correct. What I’m still at a shock at answering is WHY??? What is the purpose?? To destabilize Jonathan at the risk of your own people?? I’m a bit sympathetic towards GEJ and I’m no fan of his but I hope history will vindicate him. While he has failed woefully in displaying decisive leadership through this crisis but the sitting governor should equally be put on the firing squad. I just hope he’s not snickering somewhere rubbing his hands in glee at the turn of events. His people need to demonstrate and impeach him. He has failed them as governor!

    • Yt

      May 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      When a state is under state if emergency, the president is the CSO not the governor.

    • Ada nnewi

      May 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Jsc Girl, the lives of Nigerian citizens are at stake here, when a state has been declared to be in a state of emergency the state governors powers become subject to that of the federal government. Also, the federal government has displayed a total lack of empathy and complete disregard for it’s citizens in it’s handling of the issue post the taking of the girls…that for me is my main bone of contention.

    • Busarni

      May 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      My dear don’t waste your time lecturing @Adamumu; she lacks sense of reasoning. Blind bat

    • Busarni

      May 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm

      @Adamumu; don’t start what you can’t finish. I have been avoiding you for days. Don’t bring my name into your rubbish. Are you high on cheap drug. Lowlife, why not go to chibok and lead the protest instead of hiding behind your device and be typing garbage. Are you allergic to protest, reason with your brain instead of your nose.

    • Ada nnewi

      May 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Sweetie I don’t understand why you seem to relish sounding like a moronic illiterate…your responses are a cry for help hunny…please get the help you so desperately need :*

    • stupidityslayer

      May 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      You are embarrassing yourself. Just stop it. Your illiteracy is glaring

    • Busarni

      May 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      @Adamumu the blind bat; well I am helping you with your five mins of fame. Since you want to trend on my matter. Usu ka iwu, hunnay. Werele. I will soon call you out on BN here if you don’t go back to sucking your thumb like the spoilt little brat you are.

    • Ada nnewi

      May 9, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Busarni please help yourself by turning off your wireless and taking your meds…I wish you a swift recovery on your journey towards mental health *hugs*…

  7. slice

    May 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I can’t help it. the conspiracy theorist are getting to me. They make valid points. Where are the parents of these girls? is this a scam. Why no pictures? on the one hand, i hope it’s a scam. On the other, i’m afraid that if it is, then so many people will not receive help when they really need it. The world will say we cried wolf.

  8. chy

    May 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This was d first question Kema Chikwe asked and “too sensitive Nigerians” attacked her. Everytin about Chibok girls is confusing.How did dose dat escaped managed 2 do dat?

    • jcsgrl

      May 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Ehn we attacked her because she wasn’t tactful in her questioning. Ofcourse everyone is sensitive. This is a trying time for the country. Its just like questioning the validity of the story of a woman who got raped. You can’t blurt out certain words and not think of how the person who is going through trauma will take it. As a mother and so called woman leader, she should have chosen her words carefully. So hence the bulldog attack on her

  9. Gg

    May 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Rubbish! Why wouldn’t they say it is a scam when none of their offsprings are involved.

  10. ID

    May 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Somethings don’t add up really. But all that matters is that these girls should be rescued

  11. lex

    May 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you so much CAN, i have had this questions in my mind for so long. am wondering if there were no house maters and mistress when all this things happened. cos best to my knowledge am sure the girls where not just there by themselves. so we Nigerians we like to hear from them, let them tell us what happened and what they did when it was happening.

  12. Noble (

    May 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Whether the girls were abducted by Boko Haram or by Alhaji Kashim Shettima, first of all,

    • stupidityslayer

      May 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm


  13. Idak

    May 8, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    The figure is now 353?

    • Similola

      May 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Hahahahahahahah Idak. The kind of multiplication that is going on with this case, I am beginning to question whether I should return by Maths degree. Unfortunate that this is Nigeria and the phrase “the truth will come out one day” will never manifest in this case. We may never know the truth. Something is definitely rotten somewhere and the odour is permeating our reasoning. Plenty people are NOT telling the truth.

  14. Zainab

    May 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I watched Aljazeera today. The reporter was in Chibok and interviewed some of the parents who were really heart broken. Are these parents acting too? they also interviewed one of the girls who narrated how she escaped with 2 other girls under the guise that they wanted to ease themselves. Her father however insisted that her face be covered for security reasons.

    I agree that this story has a lot of gaps, but I do believe some of our girls are indeed missing. And as long as that is the case, the FG must do all in its power to find them.

    • Idak

      May 9, 2014 at 1:15 am

      Like I have stated elsewhere,the outrage is worthwhile even only one girl was kidnapped.
      However,the inconsistencies in the stories coming out from all sources are worrying. Another version says the girls who escaped did so after the truck broke down. Now we hear of few escaping under the guise of going to ease themselves.
      How difficult is it to know the exact number of girls who are missing?

  15. Bee

    May 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I think the number is rising because those parents that had their daughters kidnapped on prior occasions are now adding them to the chibok number hoping for the rescue of ALL kidnapped girls. This isn’t the first kidnapping, it just so happens to be highest number in one sweep.

  16. jimco

    May 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    …you be rogue…I no b rogue! You be robber…I no be robber! You be thief…I no be thief……..! Government maggic. If baba Fela is/was not a prophet…? 2nd base jare’! We have all forgotten the missing 20billion, NIS recruitment scam, Nyanya case(s), no governance it’s back & forth movement for over 3weeks to resolve an issue we dragged/politicized & has become so MESSY & SHAMEFUL. We can only get things RIGHT in NIGERIA when the ELECTORAL SYSTEM starts accommodating humans with sound minds. I don’t see that coming…SHAME OF A COUNTRY. I hope Nigeria will survive all these sicknesses & wait a minutes; another 4yrs of GEJ from 2015…please God keep me alive to see your goodness!!!

  17. Citizen

    May 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Not enough investigation has been carried out. I wish I could investigate this matter by going to Chibok to speak with the involved (escapees, school staff, state govt security officials etc) to gather relevant information (did this event take place? how did it take place? what time? when did the principal hear of the event and how? what remedial action followed? how long did the event take from start to finish? what vehicles were used? do we have mobile telecommunication in Chibok? were there adults there when the event took place? etc. These type of questioning will inform decisions and next step of action.

    • Sandi

      May 9, 2014 at 12:33 am

      My dear me and you both o. I wish I could go myself. If someone is playing politics with these girls lives, walahi all the curses that visited Egypt in the time of Moses shall visit them. Indeed there is God.

  18. jt

    May 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I pity most of u, these girls were forced to become muslims…what does that tell u??? U expect CAN to keep quite on the issue??? These theories are true and heaven knows that. Ask yourself this question..who are the sponsors of these terrorists? Are they not the same Northern elites like the Governor? Pls open ur eyes wide. Don’t remain fools.
    Islam…islam, islam, a mistake to humanity

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