ICC Note: Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the Christian town of Chibok on April 2014. Even though some of them have managed to escape, almost 195 girls are still missing. The government has tried to guarantee peace between Christians and Muslims in the region. However, Christians continue to be victims of persecution by radical Muslim groups like Boko Haram, Fulanis and others.
04/19/2017, Nigeria (AllAfrica) - The Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali (rtd), has warned that it may take years to find all the Chibok girls kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram in 2014.
Speaking to VOA's Hausa Service, General Manir Dan Ali said the military is searching Boko Haram's hideouts in the Sambisa Forest, a vast area covering parts of three states in northeastern Nigeria.
He noted that it took a long time for the United States to find 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
"It took the US up to seven, eight, up to 10 years before they could get to bin Laden," he said. "We are continuing our campaigning in the Sambisa Forest in all its nooks and corners."