Res­cue all ab­ducted girls

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS - Do some­thing ev­ery day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for ac­quir­ing the habit of do­ing your duty with­out pain.

THE es­cape of one woman from Nige­rian ter­ror­ist group Boko Haram is a cause for re­joic­ing. It is very good news that Ameenah Ali Nkeki is now in a govern­ment hospi­tal, re­cov­er­ing from her or­deal with her young baby. But what is dis­turb­ing is that she in­de­pen­dently walked out of the Sam­bisa For­est in north-east Nige­ria from where Boko Haram has de­fied Nige­rian forces for many years. But Ameenah Ali is only one of 200 girls who were kid­napped by Boko Haram more than two years ago when they were school­girls. It is shocking in­deed that even af­ter two years, Boko Haram is still hold­ing such a huge num­ber of young women and may well have sold them as sex slaves to other rad­i­cal and ter­ror­ist groups, ac­cord­ing to some of Boko Haram’s own state­ments. It is a dis­as­ter that the Nige­rian armed forces have not man­aged to do bet­ter in finding the ter­ror­ists and elim­i­nat­ing them and free­ing the young women from their ter­ri­ble or­deal. But new Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Buhari’s prom­ise of ef­fec­tive mil­i­tary ac­tion to de­feat Boko Haram has not been de­liv­ered. It is all very well that the Nige­ri­ans say they are fi­nally pen­e­trat­ing the Sam­bisa For­est, but it should have hap­pened years ago. — Gulf News

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