FGC killings: BBOG demands compensation for victims’ families

Adelani Adepegba

The #BringBackOurGirls coalition on Saturday in Abuja marked the third anniversary of the killing of 29 students of Federal Government College, Buni Nyadi by Boko Haram insurgents.

The group also held a candle light procession and demanded compensation for the families of the boys who were murdered in their school on February 25, 2014 by terrorists.

The BBOG in a statement read by a member, Veronica Bakam, said it was “extremely saddened and disappointed” with the federal and state governments’ ill-treatment of the deceased students even in death.

It said the government had failed to address pertinent issues relating to the compensation of the victims’ families and rehabilitation of schools burnt by Boko Haram in Yobe, Niger and Adamawa states.

It queried government plans for safety of students in schools across the country against the backdrop of abduction of pupils.

The group said, “We honour our #BuniYadiHeroes and continue to raise the issues that must be addressed, for which we have vowed not to stay silent about.

“What has happened concerning FGC Buni Yadi at a time that peace is said by the Federal Government to have returned to the area? Is the school open and the children back to school and staff back to work?

“What has happened to the families of the victims — dead and wounded schoolboys? Was any compensation and care given? What is the status of all the children of the school after it was closed down?

“How have the federal and state governments responded to all other schools that were attacked in Potiskum, Yobe State, Niger State, Mubi, Adamawa State?”

The movement also demanded to know the status of the Safe School Initiative and sought an update on the probe of alleged embezzlement of the SSI fund.

“What is the status of the Safe Schools Initiative overall? Is it still a priority for this administration? How is the Federal Government working with state governments and private school proprietors to safeguard our schoolchildren physically in the light of record number of kidnappings in schools across the land?” the BBOG asked.

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