As anger and frustration mounts in Nigeria over the 200 schoolgirls abducted from north-east Nigeria three weeks ago, Dr Hussaini Abdu, ActionAid’s Country Director in Nigeria speaks out.
“The state and federal government are currently in a blame game. No one is accepting responsibility for the security of the children.
“The government has now started to react, but we are not convinced they are doing enough.
“ActionAid’s worry is that the issue is being politicised. It is an election year, so everything is currently viewed from an electoral vantage point. But the girl’s welfare, not polling cards should be top of the government’s agenda.
“The longer they play party politics, the more likely the girls will end up sold or dead.
“Protests are taking place in different cities around Nigeria and around the world. The government must listen and do whatever it takes to get the girls home safe.”
ActionAid has been working for many years to enable girls in Nigeria to enrol and succeed in school.