Reactions have begun trailing the release of the over 300 abducted schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State barely 24 hours after the students regained their freedom.
The students were forcefully taken from their school dormitory last week by armed bandits terrorising Northwest states, including Katsina.
However, Nigerians have begun calling on the federal government to secure the release of other victims being held captive either by bandits or the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Leading the charge is a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who has renewed her demand for the release of schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok and Dapchi, especially Leah Sharibu, who is the only Dapchi Schoolgirl still held by her abductors.
“We rejoice in the freedom of our innocent #KankaraBoys! But, Nigeria is not being governed at all now.
“All the characteristics of a Failing State are evident in this country and must be averted by citizens,” her tweet read in part.
We rejoice in the freedom of our innocent #KankaraBoys!!
But, Nigeria is not being governed at all now.
All the characteristics of a Failing State are evident in this country and must be averted by citizens.
Nigeria needs a rapid Independent Medical Evaluation of @MBuhari .
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) December 18, 2020
Continuing, she added: “Imagine the depth of incompetence that produces the kind of monumental failure of intelligence and security that again made #KankaraBoys abduction possible at all!
“Where are the remaining 112 #ChibokGirls and the only remaining #DapchiGirls, #LeahSharibu who is a Prisoner of Faith?”
Netizens have also lent their voices in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the schoolgirl, with the #LeahSharibu garnering over a thousand tweets on Twitter.
Eko Hot Blog culled some reactions from twitter:
Special thanks to the Miyeti Allah for facilitating the release of the abducted #KankaraBoys.
Next challenge now is to also facilitate the release of Leah Sharibu and the remaining Chibok girls.
They need to keep the momentum going.
— 'Fisayo Soyombo (@fisayosoyombo) December 18, 2020
— Akpos (@officialsimcard) December 17, 2020
Nigerian government hoarded cov!d-19 palliatives but they're paying ransome to terrorists. Think about it. Miyetti Allah. Boko Haram. Shekau. Leah Sharibu. Chibok.
— Tope Akinyode (@TopeAkinyode) December 18, 2020
I’m so glad #OurBoysAreBack. It’s now obvious Chibok & Kankara kidnaps was all POLITICS & MONEY. But what these people shud never play politics with, is the LIFE of Leah Sharibu. Leah is the brave girl who refused to be defeated in spirit by the Boko Haram. Pls do not forget her.
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) December 18, 2020
In as much as we happy about the release of our boys, we must not forget that a 14 year old girl (at the time of her kidnap) Leah sharibu is still held in bondage. The government must try as the did with these boys to secure her release. #OurBoysAreBack #LeahSharibu pic.twitter.com/Mim7kTW1yD
— Stepz91 (@stepz91) December 18, 2020
Miyetti Allah: It's evident now that they left Leah Sharibu on purpose. For the govt, she's a casualty on the winning side, for Boko Haram a spoil of war.
— Ayemojubar (@ayemojubar) December 18, 2020