Efio-Ita Nyok|10 May 2017
International development consultant, political scientist, social entrepreneur and public affairs analyst, Mr Princewill Odidi, has said that the only 'conspiracy theory' he can believe about the ongoing Chibok Girls abduction saga is that which avers that 276 girls of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State were abducted on the night of 14–15 April 2014, but not by Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram NegroidHaven can say.
For Mr Odidi, the pictures of the released girls and the idea of a horrible Sambisa forest where they were held captive for three years now doesn't tally. Rather the unfortunate secondary school girls where housed by the sponsors of Boko Haram in a comfortable home and used as a tool of bargaining against government. His words,
'You may call it a conspiracy theory or not, the Chibok girls where actually kidnapped, but I think they were held by a criminal gang who may be behind the financing of Boko Haram.
'I think they may have been in a safe house, well taken care of and being used as a bargaining tool by the sponsors of Boko Haram against the government.
'I don't agree the girls I saw came from a thick forest, no that story and the pictures does not add up to what we are made to believe.
'Chibok is real, the girls where actually kidnapped, not by that Bushman with beards called Shekau, but by a more organized criminal group or syndicate associated or sponsors of the insurgency.
'This is the only theory I can believe', he ended.
Recall that on Saturday 6th 82 of the 276 captured Chibok Girls were released by Boko Haram after series of negotiations by the Swiss government and International Committee of Red Cross brokering a deal between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government. The number of released girls add up to 103 implying that 174 are still held hostage.
However, it should be emphasised that some have contended that the abduction of the Chibok Girls was a scam, that, it never occurred at all. What do you think about the ongoing debate?
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