The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi Lamido II has urged the Nigerian Government to expedite action for the release of the remaining Chibok abducted by members of the Book Haram barely three years ago.
He also gave indications that there are other issues affecting the girl child and women which the government must endeavour to resolve in Nigeria.
The Emir who spoke at the Bring Back our Girls Group (BBOG) third year anniversary marking the abduction of the Chibok girls in April 14, 2014, was represented by his daughter, Shahida to deliver his speech via a televised medium.
The Emir gave the impression that he stayed away from the event because his recent comments condemning Nigerian leaders had been misunderstood.
The Emir noted that his critics were diverting attention from the issues he raised concerning the poverty and lack of leadership, especially in northern Nigeria.
He said, “You may say what you like about me, but it won’t change the issues that are inherent in our society.
”Anyone who chooses to talk for the voiceless, must be ready to face a backlash, after all the insults, the issues will remain and not go away”.
However, in the message, he regretted his absence from the event and urged the BBOG group to remain steadfast in its campaign.
He also urged the group to broaden its scope to include other issues that affect the girl child and women generally.
In the speech titled “Chibok and the mirror in our faces, the Emir said “Our interest should be to bring back our girls, but there are some other deep seated issues affecting the girl child that the group should also focus on”.
Also while speaking, the first female Vice Chancellor and a mathematics professor, Prof. Alele Williams wondered why all the security agencies in Nigeria could not up till date rescue the abducted girls.
She maintained that the rescue of the girls should be given utmost importance.
The event was chaired by 84-year old professor of mathematics education, Professor Alele Williams.
Dignitaries sighted at the event include the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mahmood Abubakar (SAN); British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and other members of the diplomatic corps.
As prelude to the anniversary symposium, the BBOG marked the anniversary with a march around the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday, April 13 to drum up interests for the release of the abducted girls.